Picks and Pans Review: Loving Couples

updated 11/24/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/24/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

Surprise: Marriage, not infidelity or divorce, wins this one. The victory comes, of course, only after some fooling around that is so innocently portrayed that the R rating seems indefensible. James Coburn is a workaholic doctor; his wife, Shirley MacLaine, also a doctor, is bored and neglected. After she leaves him for a patient, Stephen (Star Trek) Collins, Coburn moves in with Collins' ex-girlfriend, Susan (Pretty Baby) Sarandon, a TV weathergirl. The movie can't decide whether it is farce or a morality play, but there are funny scenes. Coburn plays his role broadly, sometimes substituting wide-screen, toothy grins for wit, and Collins seems almost too pretty as a Beverly Hills real estate salesman whom women instinctively want to bed. But MacLaine, 46, looks wonderful, and the delight of the movie is Sarandon, whose quirks are endearing. A subplot involving Collins and Sally Kellerman as a home buyer who wants to see only the bedrooms is amusing, if heavy-handed. After a diverting 110 minutes, sex object Collins gets his, which should please almost everyone. (R)

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