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First Monday in October (1981)

1 rating: -1.0
Comedy movie directed by Ronald Neame

Judicial debate gets a lively cinematic treatment inFirst Monday in October, starring the odd couple pairing of Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh. When a justice of the Supreme Court dies, his appointed replacement is a witty but deeply conservative … see full wiki

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Director: Ronald Neame
1 review about First Monday in October (1981)

Ho Hum

  • Jun 20, 2003
From my seat as an amateur movie reviewer, First Monday In October ranks as a dissappointment. I always enjoy Walter Matheau as an actor. He has a special charm to his acting style. However, his humor is pretty stifled here. Also the he vs she plot just seems a bit too tiresome here. Matheau argues for the sake of arguing and that is never too pleasant.

Jill Clayburgh is mis-cast as the first woman Supreme Court Justice. She is way too young for such a role and that hampers the film from the get go.

The pornographic subplot also is addressed in such a boring way. The general plot does not excite me in anyway. I tried viewing this a second time to give it the benefit of the doubt. However, the arguing between Matheau and Clayburgh became more annoying than funny.

Walter Matheau's presence is probably the only reason this movie even earns two stars. His charm shines thru every now and then. Otherwise this movie is a flop.

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