The Marrying Man (1991)
The Marrying Man (1991)
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Neil Simon's screenplay begins in 1956 in San Francisco, where singer Vicki Anderson (Kim Basinger) is performing at one of the city's jazz clubs. Recognizing her voice from outside the club, a group of men go in to watch her perform; as they sit at their table, their de facto leader Phil (Paul Reiser) begins relating the tale of Vicki's rocky romance with his friend Charley Pearl (Alec Baldwin). Flashing back to 1948, the film finds toothpaste-heir Charley on the brink of marriage with Adele (Elisabeth Shue), the daughter of Hollywood big-wig Lew Horner (Robert Loggia). Before the wedding, Phil and the gang take Charley to Las Vegas for one last romp as a bachelor; there he meets Vicki, the casino-singer girlfriend of mobster Bugsy Siegel (Armand Assante). Immediately taken, Charley sets his sights on Vicki in spite of his pals' warnings; the couple goes back to her apartment to make love, but Bugsy has been tipped off and catches them in the act. As revenge, Siegel forces them to get married, and their picture makes all the papers. The marriage is quickly annulled, and even though Charley manages to patch things up with Adele and Lew, he sees Vicki again--and remarries her. After the death of his father, Charley takes over his toothpaste empire, and the couple moves to Boston; however, Vicki finds life there too smothering, and walks out. Years later, the couple meets again in Las Vegas and gives marriage a third try; at the expense of Charley's fortune, Vicki resurrects her showbiz career, but her success triggers their third break-up. Finally, the film jumps back to 1956, where Phil and the others greet Charley as he enters the club, again with the intention of proposing marriage to Vicki. And again, she accepts. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Marrying Man
It's hard to spot vintage Neil Simon in his screenplay for this indulgent comedy...
"The Marrying Man" seems to have died en route from Neil Simon's brain to the movie theater, but exactly where and why is anybody's guess. An autopsy by a professional is in order.
The Marrying Man isn't awful; it's something much less fun - conspicuously mediocre.
Jerry Rees's direction is straight-ahead: In a Neil Simon comedy, you don't jump in, you just try to keep out of the way.
Audience Reviews for The Marrying Man
Not a great movie by any standards, and the performances by Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin were over-acted. Kim Basinger can sing pretty well, but the scenes of her singing were not believable. Predictable and formulaic from the start, the movie was more interesting because of the real-life relationship of these two actors than the actual movie itself.
My wife keeps introducing me to these movies that I shouldn't like but, for some reason, I do end up liking them
I guess this was supposed to be a comedy. When I saw it in the theatre when it came out I kept waiting for the punchlines. Really all it is is Alec Baldwin basically saying that he hates Kim Basinger's guts, which is what he does now anyway.
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