Picks and Pans Review: A Little Sex

updated 05/10/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/10/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

In fact, you get hardly any sex in this dismal comedy set in self-consciously hip Manhattan. Screenwriter Robert DeLaurentis and director Bruce (The White Shadow) Paltrow have cast Tim (Animal House) Matheson as an ad director who wants to marry his girlfriend to prove he can give up skirt-chasing. After all, as he whines to his brother, Edward Herrmann, "Why can't I have a cup of coffee with a woman without winding up in bed?" He spends too many mornings in "other people's showers," he complains. Life's tough. Reform through marriage to Kate Capshaw, a grade school teacher, proves even worse. Matheson walks around gawking at women; his head swivels more on Madison Avenue than Linda Blair's did in The Exorcist. To save the marriage, he rationalizes a few harmless cheats. The rest is pure adulterated nonsense. Matheson is almost too pretty for the role and without depth; Capshaw, playing a character devoid of motivation or sense, at least makes a visually smashing debut, looking like a younger, frizzed Julie Christie. (R)

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