The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie) (1969)

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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
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Paramount Pictures

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Critic Reviews for The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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As a Blu-ray, this tomato comes pre-peeled, but Alan J. Pakula's directorial debut takes a done-to-death story template and revitalizes it with intelligence, maturity, and tenderness.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie)

½

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Dated and forgettable early Liza Minnelli piece. These themes have been revisited countless times and in a much better way.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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½

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 nixon
jay nixon

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