|Lonely Hearts is a
romantic comedy that was nominated for nearly everything at the Australian
Film Institute in 1982, and won the nod as Best Picture.
|Wendy Hughes shows rather
large mature breasts in a dark scene
|Norman Kaye is turning 50,
and has lived with his mother, taking care of her. She has recently
passed, and he decides it is past time to have a life, outside of his
piano tuning job, and his shoplifting hobby. He meets Wendy Hughes
through a lonely hearts service.
|| Wendy is 40ish, has just finally
left home, although her parents still won't let go. She has been
seeing a therapist, who, among other things, is trying to convince her
that being a 40 year old virgin isn't that odd, and sex is nothing to
fear. There are several bumps along the road to their happiness,
including the night she decides on a sleep-over, provided there is no
sex. He gets carried away and tries anyway, which nearly ends the
relationship for good.
The photography outside is very
scenic and appealing. The inside sets are well decorated, but often
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+. I enjoyed seeing this improbable
romance between two middle-aged people discovering love for the
first time, but it is probably not special enough to win over
those who do not like romantic comedies.
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