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The Marrying Man

The Marrying Man (1991)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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Neil Simon forgoes his typical urban East Coast kvetchers and replaces them with sunny Californian kvetchers in The Marrying Man, a film which became a beacon of gossip in 1991 due to the alleged shenanigans of stars Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, who fell in love during production. Simon based his script on a true story concerning the love affair between shoe tycoon Harry Karl and actress Marie (The Body) McDonald during the 1950s. Married to each other four times, McDonald still managed to

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Apr 8, 2003

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A stillborn romantic comedy of staggering ineptitude.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's hard to spot vintage Neil Simon in his screenplay for this indulgent comedy...

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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"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.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Marrying Man isn't awful; it's something much less fun - conspicuously mediocre.

May 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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There's more juice in the story than I usually expect from Neil Simon; the characters don't just trade one-liners, but get under each other's skins.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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the whole thing starts to spin in place, allowing its initial promise to evaporate

July 21, 2006

If the guy who wrote The Slugger's Wife disowned this movie ... that's a pretty bad sign.

July 26, 2002
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The main problem with "The Marrying Man" is a simple one: It's a comedy and it isn't funny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There's no snap, crackle, pop to this battle of the sexes; even real-life lovers Baldwin and Basinger fail to incinerate the screen with the passion that supposedly gets their nuptially cursed characters in the mess they're in.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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