An ill-cast but effective Al Pacino is having a host of domestic troubles as playwright Ivan Travalian. His wife has left him for a guy called Larry Kotzwinkle, and there are five kids to support.
Add to that the fact that his latest play is about to open on Broadway but it’s not ready, the director is incompetent and there’s no lead actress and you might see why Ivan’s not a happy man.
There is a sort of rough-edged charm to this comedy, largely thanks to the blissful performances of clever Dyan Cannon and the sublime Tuesday Weld as the women in Pacino’s life, but the material involving the threesome’s respective offspring is extraordinarily tasteless.
Added to that, director Arthur Hiller has a tough time finding the requisite lightness of touch to make all the shenanigans convincing.
B J Barie
Benjamin H Carlin