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Barbra Streisand was never more likable than in this energetic, often hilarious screwball farce from director Peter Bogdanovich.
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The film builds on itself, gaining speed as it careens out-of-control toward its conclusion. Only a director in complete control can fashion something so effortlessly chaotic.
The result is a comedy made by a man who has seen a lot of movies, knows all the mechanics, and has absolutely no sense of humor.
This picture is a total smash.
A homage to Hollywood screwball comedy that by and large gets its pace and cartoon/slapstick timings right.
The strength of a movie like this, of course, is that you don't have to believe too much for too long, because there's something else happening.
Not the least of Bogdanovich's triumphs is his success in scaling down Miss Streisand's superstar personality to fit the dimensions of farce.
Stands out as one of the great, if semi-forgotten comedy masterpieces of the 1970s.
[VIDEO ESSAY] Barbara Streisand takes over the feminine human incarnation of Bugs Bunny's free-spirited cartoon character in Peter Bogdanovich's enthusiastic homage to the screwball comedy.
[A] hilarious homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930s by Howard Hawks and Preston Sturges.
A lot of fun for the whole family.
No one is going to match Grant and Hepburn, but Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand give it the ol' college try in the criminally entertaining What's Up, Doc? [Blu-ray]
It's never quite as tight or fierce as the original screwballers, but is fizzy and loveable and always worth watching.
Remember that kind of stuffy professor who was easily flustered that Cary Grant played in Bringing Up Baby? Well that's sort of the tip of this comic fare-thee-well, an homage to screwball comedies, with Ryan O'Neal doing the present honors, and Babs Streisand in her most accessible role as the loopy broad (the Katherine Hepburn part) who has set her sights on said professor. Set the antics in San Francisco and let her rip. Why this film isn't remembered beside the likes of Blazing Saddles I'll never know, a forgotten gem of the 1970's. Madelyn Kahn plays the cougar.
It doesn't really matter that this amusing homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s has such a loony structure, since it is often hilarious and has a super charismatic Barbra Streisand embodying an irresistible combination of Carole Lombard and Bugs Bunny.
Four suitcases, one with jewels, one with secret documents, one with rocks, and one with clothes, cause goofy characters to scramble for possession.
What's Up, Doc? is a fun light-hearted farce that succeeds because Barbara Streisand can be quite charming and Ryan O'Neal has a good, dry, stone-faced delivery. The final moment of the film -- "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard" -- is hilarious only for those who know O'Neal's career.
The film fails in other areas. Judy's motivations are mysterious; "You're cute" isn't enough justification for me. Likewise, all the other interesting parties flit and run around like idiots, but their motivations are never very clear.
Overall, as farces go, this one isn't bad, but ultimately, What's Up, Doc? is easily dismissed.
"There's not much to see actually. We're inside a Chinese dragon."
Kinda like Bringing Up Baby meets one of those 70s's Alka Seltzer commercials - with Babs. A funny, silly movie.
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