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When his wife, Jessica (Candice Bergen), leaves him for a chance at a music career, Phil Potter (Burt Reynolds) is devastated. He moves from New York City to Boston, joins a club for divorced men and cautiously begins an affair with a free-spirited schoolteacher named Marilyn (Jill Clayburgh), who genuinely seems to care about him. But when Jessica decides she wants Phil back, he jumps at the chance, only to wonder if perhaps he's made the wrong choice.

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  • Apr 10, 2014
    A dreary little "comedy" about divorce back when it is was still a bit of a taboo subject. Today it just plays as boring.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2012
    Starting Over have a good entertaining and some good laughs that prove a good film. It's not the best movie by Brooks or Pakula, but it's a delightful and nice way to pass the time. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2011
    A truly engaging comedy of modern manners. a love trangle, with two brilliant lead star performances by Burt Reynolds and the late Jill Clayburgh. Reynolds in one his finest performances as Phil Potter, a newly divorced man struggling to choose between a teacher Marilyn Holmberg, played so endearingly by Jill Clayburgh in a Oscar nominated performance, and his capricious, song writing ex-wife Jessica Potter, played by scene stealer Candice Bergen, who is marvelously funny, especially when she is singing to Burt with a voice that could wake the dead, her comedic talents are very evident here, there are other marvelous scenes like the church-sponsored divorced men's discussion group that Burt's a part of, it is hilarious with sharp witty dialogue. Terrific supporting performances from Charles Durning, Frances Sternhagen, Austin Pendleton, and Jay O. Sanders. A smart, warm romantic gem from the late 70s, smoothly directed by Alan Pakula, and wonderfully written by James L. Brooks. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2007
    I really tru;ly enjoyed this movie! One of 2 movies where jill Clayburgh dazzled!!
    Teresa S Super Reviewer

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