(1969) from Tuna
|Cactus Flower (1969) marked the film
debut of Goldie Hawn, in a performance which earned her a Best
Supporting Actress Oscar. After watching this adaptation of a Broadway
play, it puzzled me that her performance earned an Oscar, the only one
to date, until I looked at the competition that year. Not that her
performance wasn't good, but she has done much more in other films.
It may be the worst of
Hawn's films in terms of exposure. We see her in the beginning
in a pink nightie, but the most we can spot is part of one bun.
|Cactus Flower stars Walter Matthau as a
dentist and Hawn's boyfriend, and Ingrid Bergman as his receptionist
assistant, who has always been in love with him. Matthau told Hawn he
was married, to avoid her trapping him into marriage. He decides he
wants to marry her after all, but she demands to meet his wife and make
sure the divorce is ok. Matthau gets Bergman to play his wife.
There are some funny moments, and Bergman is pure
class, even in a part this frivolous. The ending is obvious just about
as soon as the plot is set up, but the film has charm, and some good
comedy moments. For me, they didn't do much adapting to make it
a film, but rather transplanted the stage play to a sound stage,
however, the talent of the principles carried it off anyway. It is a
must for Hawn fans, but is little more than a feel good romantic
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C+.
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