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      The April Fools

      PG 1969 1h 35m Romance Comedy List
      Reviews 67% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A married stockbroker (Jack Lemmon) meets his boss's (Peter Lawford) wife (Catherine Deneuve) at a cocktail party and decides to run off with her to Paris. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jun 05 Buy Now

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      Audience Member I think my new obsession is watching movies where Jack Lemmon is flummoxed by modern love. Here, he's Howard Brubaker, a man married to Phyllis (Sally Kellerman), who cares more about money, real estate and status than love. The person he falls for is Catherine (Catherine Deneuve) whose uncaring and philandering mate is Howard's boss, Ted Gunther (Peter Lawford). When they meet Grace and Andre Greenlaw (Myrna Loy and Charles Boyer), they start to believe that maybe they could be happily married, just like the Greenlaws, if they can only run away and start again. Deneuve's part was originally intended for Shirley MacLaine, which would have reunited the stars of The Apartment. Knowing that makes me realize that that casting would have truly improved this, as with as stunning as Deneuve is, it makes it seem as if the affair is simply over attraction and not the idea that the two could be life partners, not just attracted to each other — no insult to MacLaine, who is also quite fetching. I hope you understand my point. Maybe after The Apartment I just see Lemmon and MacLaine as the perfect couple. Director Stuart Rosenberg also made Cool Hand Luke and The Amityville Horror, while writer Hal Dresener wrote Sssssss, The Eiger Sanction and Zorro: The Gay Blade. Dionne Warwick sang the title song, while one of her biggest hits, "I Say a Little Prayer," is sung at a party in the film by Susan Barrett. The b-side of that single? "Theme from Valley of the Dolls." Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Well intentioned and while the cast looks good on paper, it is sadly lacking in the script, plausibility and chemistry departments. That said, Jack Lemmon is his usual likeable self and Deneuve is insanely radiant despite being slightly detatched Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Very deep! must slow down to enjoy and breath to enjoy this movie!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Uneven but cute little movie. Lemmon and Deneuve surprisingly have a lot of chemistry. You really get the attraction. I really like how the film skewers the 60's. It's like fuck all this shit. Definitely worth seeing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member It's like every other midlife crisis movie you've seen, but this one has Catherine Deneuve. Granted, that generally covers up a lot of faults, but in this case, it just calls attention to how utterly generic the movie is. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Every couple has a movie. This was ours. It is romantic, and very funny. Catherine Deneuve is at her loveliest and it is easy to see how the henpecked and bedraggled Jack Lemmon character, Howard Brubaker, would fall head over heels for her. The scenes with Myrna Loy and Charles Boyer are beyond charming. Jack Weston is hilarious as Brubaker's neighbor and fellow commuter. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A married stockbroker (Jack Lemmon) meets his boss's (Peter Lawford) wife (Catherine Deneuve) at a cocktail party and decides to run off with her to Paris.
      Director
      Stuart Rosenberg
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Romance, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jan 28, 2014
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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