Picks and Pans Review: Who Gets the Friends?
updated 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Subtitle: The Humiliation of Jill Clayburgh. Yes, we loved her in 1978's An Unmarried Woman and tolerated her in 1979's Starting Over, so here she is, single again and miserable as usual. The setting is the present, but the feel of the show is anachronistic, almost Brigadoonish, like some twinkie flick that might have co-starred Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, or like some clumsy copy of the old Dick Van Dyke Show—a spin-off, say, about Jerry and Millie splitting up. Clayburgh plays a cartoonist—at too-frequent intervals she pauses, talks to the camera and draws cartoons about her sad life—whose hubby, James Farentino, falls out of love and wedlock. They give us all the standard divorce scenes: fighting at the lawyer's, splitting up the property, splitting up the friends (including Lucie Arnaz and Leigh Taylor Young), fighting over the kids and falling in love again. Just as in An Unmarried Woman, Clayburgh falls in love with an artist. We've seen it all before—and we've seen it better.