Carnal Knowledge (1971)
Average Rating: 7.7/10
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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 5,296
"Maybe you're not supposed to like it with someone you love." With a script by satirist and cartoonist Jules Feiffer, Mike Nichols's Carnal Knowledge (1971) ruthlessly exposed the damage wrought by pre-1960s sexual mores. From their post-World War II college years at Amherst through the Vietnam era, buddies Jonathan (Jack Nicholson) and Sandy (Art Garfunkel) are a catalogue of male sexual dysfunction. Sensitive Sandy falls in love with and marries college sweetheart Susan (Candice Bergen) only
Jun 30, 1971 Wide
May 15, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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A rather superficial and limited probe of American male sexual hypocrisies.
This was never quite the major assault on sexism and male chauvinism it set itself up to be.
Stays within the universe of its characters, and inhabits it totally. And within that universe, men and woman fail to find sexual and personal happiness because they can't break through their patterns of treating each other as objects.
In addition to being the toughest comedy since Little Murders, and the most imaginative comedy since Catch 22, Carnal Knowledge represents a nearly ideal collaboration of directorial and writing talents.
... an acerbic and, in many ways, dispiriting portrait of masculinity and male sexuality in the post-World War II culture.
A pretentious and uneven provocative moralistic adult drama about coping with the "sexual revolution" among the middle-class males.
Ah, the sweet smell of '70s American cinema when anything was possible.
Deeply felt critique of middle-class sexual politics, and one of the better films of formerly interesting director Mike Nichols.
Misunderstood by critics and viewers, Nichols' satire of male chauvinism is by turns witty, provocative, funny, and depressing. The film was so controversial in 1971 that it went all the way to the Supreme Court for obscenity charges.
The perforances are impressive, but the freshness is gone.
Uma interessante anŠlise sobre a sexualidade masculina e - o mais importante - a forma com que os průprios homens a enxergam.
While one might applaud its intent, Carnal Knowledge succeeds only in being self-righteous and dull.
Unnerving, upsetting and hard to forget
Carnal Knowledge's central performances are all strong, but Nicholson and Garfunkel are worthy of special note.
Audience Reviews for Carnal Knowledge
- Jonathan: Alright, where the fuck is my shoehorn? This place is a mess! There's not any food in the house, half the time you look like you fell out of bed! You spend more time in bed than any other human being past the age of 6 months than I ever heard of!
- Bobbie: The reason I sleep all day is because I can't stand my life!
- Jonathan: Is this an ultimatum? Answer me, you ball-busting, castrating, son of a cunt bitch! Is this an ultimatum or not?
- Sandy: Looks aren't everything, you know.
- Jonathan: Believe me, looks are everything.
- Jonathan: You want a job? I got a job for you. Fix up this pigsty! You get a pretty Goddammed good salary for testing out this bed all day! You want an extra fifty dollars a week, try vacuuming! You want an extra hundred, make this Goddammed bed! Try opening some Goddammed windows! That's why you can't stand up in here, the Goddammed place smells like a coffin!
- Jonathan: Why don't you leave me?... For God's sake, I'd almost marry you if you'd leave me.
- Jonathan: What are you crying for? It wasn't a Lassie story.
- Jonathan: Sandy, do you wanna get laid?
- Sandy: Please.
- Jonathan: Don't tell me what I can or can't do. You're so well off?
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