Picks and Pans Review: Sunday Lovers
The romantic adventures of four different men in four different countries during one weekend make for a kind of Plaza Suite Internationale. The episodes are unrelated, and distributor United Artists grandiosely compares the competition among the four film companies to the Olympics. So be it. The gold medal goes to Britain for a droll story of a lothario chauffeur (Roger Moore) who takes over his employer's castle. Italy takes the silver, thanks to Ugo (La Cage aux Folles) Tognazzi as a middle-aged married man who spends an illuminating weekend calling numbers in an old address book. The bronze is awarded to France for innocuousness, a tale of a nice-guy businessman (Lino Ventura). And a one-way ticket to Moscow goes to the United States for the maudlin "Skippy" (ugh!), starring Gene Wilder and Kathleen Quinlan. It's written and directed by Wilder but there are no laughs; it concerns a mental patient with sexual problems who falls in love with a girl who has her own hangups...oh, skip it. (R)
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