Barbra Streisand plays against type, as well as actually letting her co-star, George Segal, get a word in edgeways, in this slick adaptation of Bill Manhoff’s Broadway hit play.
Meek, owlish book shop clerk and aspiring writer Felix (Segal) and strident, catty hooker – who claims to be a model and an actress – Doris (Streisand) live in the same apartment building.
His incessant typing bothers her. Her gentleman callers bother him. At one point he tells her, “You’re a sexual Disneyland”.
Felix informs the landlord of her activities so Doris moves in on Felix. When they both get thrown out, they move in with Barney (Robert Klein) – until they drive him out!
The movie goes on to illustrate perfectly how opposites attract and how, in a relationship, each partner becomes more like the other as they become a couple.
Director Herbert Ross and scriptwriter Buck Henry give the raucous original an extra glow of warmth and Streisand and Segal are so good together you wonder why they never did a sequel.
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