Unfaithfully Yours (1984) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna
It's time once again to test your knowledge of Hollywood formulas. Sharpen up those #2 pencils, and be sure to blacken the entire box beside the correct answers.
1) Unfaithfully Yours stars Dudley Moore as a composer/conductor. The script will mine this rich vein to:
2) In the course of the film, Dudley Moore will find himself:
3) Dudley speaks no Italian. He tells his Italian butler/chef to keep an eye on his young wife (Nastassia Kinski). The butler:
4) Kinski is completely in love with Dudley, and is not cheating on him, but the private eye finds ...
5) Confronted with his wife's seeming infidelity, Dudley ...
6) When Dudley finds the apparent proof that his friend is fucking his wife, Dudley and Assante
7) Dudley gets so frustrated by the situation that he
8) As the actual murder is unfolding, Dudley
9) When the mix-up is revealed, Dudley
Analysis of your answers:
If you answered any a's at all, you are reading the wrong page. You are looking for The Family Circus online. If you answered a to question six, you have seen too many Vittorio DeSica movies.
With a gender reversal, this desperate-for-a-laugh film might make a good thirty minute episode of I Love Lucy.
OK, maybe not a GOOD episode.
In a way you have to respect a movie which not only features Dudley Moore acting drunk, but also Armand Assante impersonating a drunken Dudley Moore. It is a shame that Dudley died before CGI became so sophisticated, because I would like to see a movie in which a drunken Dudley Moore plays every character, except for a cameo by Foster Brooks. Unfortunately, the presence of a Double Dud did not confer any entertainment value upon this particular movie. Unfaithfully Yours is just about unwatchable except for some funny Fred Mertz work from Albert Brooks. As much as I like Albert, his inestimable comic presence in a small role is nowhere near enough to salvage this wreck, which manages to clear even the Olympic-class hurdle for lameness normally set by Dudley Moore. In fact, you'll find a picture of Dudley when you look up "lame" in the dictionary.
It is impossible to explain to a younger generation why we oldsters used to think Dudley Moore was funny. I can remember thinking he was kinda OK, but I can't remember why. I guess he was just part of the zeitgeist; "in the moment." That moment has certainly passed, and it is embarrassing to think that I used to laugh at this guy, so don't ask me to explain it. Please extend the courtesy of some understanding, knowing that some day you'll have to explain David Spade to your own grandchildren.
In the unlikely event that you just have to know more than Scoop told you about this film, Li'l Dudley plays a famous symphony conductor married to the much younger Nastassja Kinski. Through a comedy of errors, he comes to believe she is cheating on him with his best friend. Kinski plays a beautiful actress, and it's hard to believe that she would be interested in the much shorter and older Moore in the first place, so it's easy for the audience to believe she really is cheating on him. She's not, but it's also easy to believe that he would fear that. What isn't too believable is that he sets about killing her and her supposed lover in normal, inept drunken Dudley mode.
Kinski looks wonderful, the supporting cast is fine, and the film looks grand. The only problem is Dudley Moore's same-old signature character, the loveable drunk. For my money the Arthur films and 10 represent the Golden Age of drunken Dudley Moore cinema, so this is an inferior drunken Dudley film. When you add that to the fact that drunken Dudley films are near the bottom of the cinema food chain to begin with, you should probably not be anticipating a life-changing experience.
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