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Barefoot in the Park

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Director: Gene Saks
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1967
MPAA Rating: G
1 review about Barefoot in the Park

Only 768 more stairs to reach the top

  • May 9, 2000
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Pros: Good family fun

Cons: ......

Paul Bratter - Robert Redford
Corie Bratter - Jane Fonda
Victor Vetasco - Charles Boyer

This fun little comedy, based on the Broadway success also by Neil Simon, features Paul and Corie in their first apartment as man and wife. Corie is a zany little thing with a zest for life, Paul just a tad bit more conservative - face it, he is an attorney for Gods sake! Their apartment is a small flat, five stories up, with no elevator. Victor is their neighbor, just a little kooky and offbeat and he lives in the apartment above them. Oddly, access to his apartment can only be gained through Corie and Paul's apartment - ah, honey, only in New York!

The premise of the entire film are the trials of living in this hell hole that barely has enough room for a bed, let alone anything else, and the differences between Paul and Corie - the staid and the whimsical. Corie takes it upon herself to fix her mother up on a blind date with Victor and they all end up sick from the bad food they received at dinner. Returning to their respective apartments, Corie's mom spends the night with Victor - throwing the conservative Paul into a tizzy.

There are many comedic scenes of people attempting to reach this apartment - apparently carrying furniture up five flights of stairs is quite a chore - something I am not interested in doing. Also, when the mother comes to visit, she has to stop and take breaks on several of the landings, arriving breathless and crashing on the sofa.

Paul and Corie are not having the best of life and several arguments ensue - the major one being he is so stuffy and proper he would not even consider going barefoot in the park with her. The fact that it was below freezing and raining seems not to have an effect on Corie and she demands a divorce due to their differences.

In the end, you find Paul - very drunk and barefoot - cavorting in the park much to Corie's delight. Redford and Fonda give a lighthearted and fanciful performance in this comedy - something unexpected from either party. As with all Simon vehicles, pure entertainment from beginning to end with none of the heavy, melodramic overtones evident in films today.


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