The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie) (1969)
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Liza Minnelli is Pookie Adams, a relentlessly kooky coed in The Sterile Cuckoo. The film's focus, however, is on Wendell Burton (likewise making his first screen appearance) as reserved young college student Jerry. He is actively pursued by the unpredictable Pookie, who helps him to survive his first months in school. Gradually, however, it is obvious that Jerry is outgrowing Pookie. Both, however, have benefited from the relationship (he has gained self-confidence, she is now able to come to
Oct 22, 1969 Wide
Oct 16, 2012
As a Blu-ray, this tomato comes pre-peeled, but Alan J. Pakula's directorial debut takes a done-to-death story template and revitalizes it with intelligence, maturity, and tenderness.
Age has not been particularly kind to it, but... [it's] carried off with far more competence and assurance than many directorial debuts have enjoyed.
If I hear "Come Saturday Morning" one more time, I will throw something at innocent Pookie!
Liza Minnelli starring as a free spirit named "Pookie" could get old fast--but it doesn't, and the movie is warm and engaging.
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