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What a Way to Go!

What a Way to Go! (1964)

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This lavishly produced, big-budget comedy (it cost $20 million in 1964 dollars) stars Shirley MacLaine as Louisa, a widow who is worth $200 million dollars. However, she's convinced that her fortune is cursed, and she wants to give all her money to the IRS. As she explains her sad tale to her psychiatrist, Dr. Stephanson (Robert Cummings), it seems that when Louisa was young she had the choice of marrying rich playboy Leonard Crawley (Dean Martin) or poor but decent Edgar Hopper (Dick Van Dyke).

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Classics, Comedy

Jan 11, 2005

Fox

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J. Lee Thompson's direction has failed to coalesce a good, firm farce. It lets the whole thing flap wildly -- and that's no way to make a film.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A big, gaudy, gimmicky comedy which continually promises more than it delivers by way of wit and/or bellylaffs.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A star vehicle for Shirley MacLaine, Thompson's film is a tediously episodic black comedy about a wealthy widow and her five husbands; Newman, Mitchum, and Martin are all wasted.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The fact was that it simply wasn't very funny.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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An unappealing episodic black comedy that gets stuck in its own silliness.

February 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for What a Way to Go!

Silly shenanigans with Shirley a daffy delight as she works through a series of husbands and crazy production numbers. Her costumes have to be seen to be believed.
June 11, 2012
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A delightful confection of a movie made primarily to showcase Edith Head's sumptuous outfits. It's really an experience to see all these big stars having a grand old time f-cking each other in a big glass of champagne. A satire of sorts, but the main purpose of seeing this movie is to have FUN, because you're never gonna see anything like this again.
November 19, 2008
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