The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie)


The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie)

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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 grips with her unhappy home life) and their parting is a tender one. Not unlike his stars, Alan J. Pakula was making his directorial bow with The Sterile Cuckoo, which earned an Oscar nomination for its theme song "Come Saturday Morning." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (1)

  • The Sterile Cuckoo is not as good as it should have been because it lacks consistency of tone. But parts of it are awfully good, and Miss Minnelli is one hell of an actress.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 11, 2009 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • If I hear "Come Saturday Morning" one more time, I will throw something at innocent Pookie!

    Oct 15, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
  • Liza Minnelli starring as a free spirit named "Pookie" could get old fast--but it doesn't, and the movie is warm and engaging.

    Apr 20, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie)

  • Apr 11, 2014
    Dated and forgettable early Liza Minnelli piece. These themes have been revisited countless times and in a much better way.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2011
    Quiet drama with Liza very impressive in an early role before she ossified into a sequined showboat. The view of college life is dated but the emotions are as real today as they were in the late 60's.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2008
    i loved this film...years and years ago...tender and sweet...poignant.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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