John and Mary (1969)
Average Rating: 5.3/10
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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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John and Mary attracted a great deal of press coverage in 1969 for being the one of the first American films in which the male and female leads (Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow) start out the film by spending the night together, rather than holding off until the end. The morning after, the boy and girl wander about New York, wondering if they'll truly commit themselves to one another. Both characters are haunted by unsuccessful earlier affairs, and both have enough hang-ups to fill volumes of
Dec 14, 1969 Wide
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Director Yates knows how to shape even the sketchiest scenario, and if John and Mary is no deeper than an eggshell, it is every bit as functionally designed.
Hoffman and Farrow awake to each other in a New York bed and interminably worry, via chat, fantasy, flashback and some trendy cultural reference, whether they should do it again.
There is nothing wrong with the idea of John and Mary, just with its execution.
John and Mary is supposed to be a contemporary movie, I guess, and yet it's curiously out of touch.
Here's a delectable New Wave-inspired dish for thoughtful viewers tired of the same old menu.
If the main participants in this drab affair come across so uninspired, it will be hard to find an audience who will care.
Audience Reviews for John and Mary
- Mary: It's a very festive area, young men with poodles live there.
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