The Fortune Reviews
Time Out London said this about "The Fortune": "Starts promisingly as a sardonic comedy, but once in California lethargy settles in. The film becomes almost static, a series of stagy, glossy tableaux: such lack of momentum may be an adequate assessment of the characters' limited capacity for development, but it has a disastrous effect on the film's pacing. Events degenerate into miscalculated farce and underline Nichols' continuing slick superficiality. Adrien Joyce's much hacked-about script sounds as though it was once excellent: a pity everyone treats it so off-handedly." Channel 4 called it a "flat-footed attempt to revive the 1930s screwball comedy" but liked the leads, commenting, "The trio's timing and delivery almost rescue the movie from degenerating into bad farce." This so called screw ball comedy is a bomb from scene one and maybe if the take on the story had been dramatic it might´ve been so much better. Beatty and Nicholson compete in who can be the most over the top in his role it seems and the lovely Channing is lost in all the incoherent silliness. The movie lacks everything you want in comedy. Timing, a proper script, actors that can handle comedy and comic hooks. It feels like Nichols, Beatty and Nicholson had such ballooned egos at the time, that they thought they could get away with anything. They couldn´t. "The Fortune" is just painful to watch and I have just erased it from my mind. Trivia: In an interview on Trio's series Face Time (2002), producer Peter Guber revealed that the film Shampoo (1975) was only made because its creators insisted on its being green-lit along with The Fortune (1975). Everyone concerned was convinced The Fortune (1975) would be a huge hit, given its stellar line-up of filmmakers, so the deal was accepted. As it turned out, The Fortune (1975) was a flop and Shampoo (1975) was the huge hit.
The bus was not my idea! HE STOLE THE BUS!
Watch it to see if it satisfies...it is supposed to be a comedy, but aside from the slapstick of Jack jumping out a window or wing walking, I just didn't get it. I had very high hopes for this film and was crushed.