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Starting Over (1979)





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Set adrift by his wife Jessica's announced desire to leave him and pursue a career as a professional singer, Phil Potter (Burt Reynolds) is confused and devastated. He leaves their home and goes to spend some time with his relatives who are, not coincidentally, psychiatrists. He joins a support group consisting of other divorced men and finds consolation where he can. Jessica (Candice Bergen), meanwhile, is discovering that no matter how well-dressed and attractive a person is, in order to be a singer one actually has to be able to sing; unfortunately, singing is not one of her talents. Phil meets Marilyn Holmburg (Jill Clayburgh), a gentle and unassuming schoolteacher who refuses to commit herself to him. This adult comedy was well received by many critics and easily made back its costs at the box-office.
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Burt Reynolds
as Phil Potter
Jill Clayburgh
as Marilyn Holmberg
Candice Bergen
as Jessica Potter
Charles Durning
as Michael Potter
Frances Sternhagen
as Marva Potter
Kevin Bacon
as Young Husband
Alfie Wise
as Workshop Member
Wallace Shawn
as Workshop Member
Sturgis Warner
as John Morganson
Aerin Asher
as Lady in Lord & Taylor
Ben Pesner
as Victor
Mort Marshall
as Room Service Waiter
Helen Stenborg
as Older Woman
Connie Fleming
as Babysitter
Alison Stevens
as Marie's Daughter
Michael McDermott
as Marie's Son
Deborah Reagan
as Young Wife
Tara King
as Checkout Girl
Tony Romano
as Boston Man
A.C. Weary
as Athletic Father
Lisa Sloan
as Mother of Kid
Harriet Rawlings
as Bloomingdale's Crowd Member
Simon McQueen
as Bloomingdale's Crowd Member
Stacy Holiday
as Bloomingdale's Crowd Member
Nadine Darling
as Bloomingdale's Crowd Member
Kitty Muldoon
as Bloomingdale's Crowd Member
Eric Geiger
as Bloomingdale's Crowd Member
Sol Schwade
as Man in Market
Anthony Romano
as Boston Man
Daniel Stern
as Student
John Murray
as Bloomingdale's Crowd Member
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Critic Reviews for Starting Over

All Critics (4)

A better story than you'd probably expect for a film of this kind of this vintage.

Full Review… | October 20, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

A whole lot better than most of the divorce-centric comedies of this ilk, mainly because it focuses on the characters and not the act of divorce itself.

Full Review… | June 20, 2005

Audience Reviews for Starting Over

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Perhaps it's my age, but this film is one of the funniest movies of all time. Jill Clayburgh does NOT try to be Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. She is herself as a perfectly UPSET divorcee who constantly who seems to be constantly immersed in situaltions so hysterical, I laugh out loud. My stomach hurts by the end. Also, let's not forget the wonderful Charles Durning in a most memorable scene inside Bloomingdales, where, by the way, we catch a glimpse of a future "Star" without a line to be spoken: Kevin Bacon. It annoys me when people compare this to Annie Hall. There is none except that they are both GREAT romantic comedies. And that's where it begins and that's where it ends. I am no Burt Reynolds' fan, but he played his part perfectly as did his co-star ex-wife, Candace Bergen. People WAKE UP. Especially if you are a Baby Boomer. If you haven't seen it, you MUST put Starting Over on your cinema Bucket List. ASAP. We don't have that many years left to see this wonderful film.

Bonnie Robinson
Bonnie Robinson

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 Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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