The Main Event
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- Scene specific commentary by Barbra Streisand
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The scenes are all set up very well, the one-liners are funny ("I said celebrate, not fornicate "), and Streisand and O'Neal give off a strong sexual charge between them onscreen. The film also features a very strong supporting cast, with Paul Sand, Whitman Mayo, and Patti D'Arbanville turning in terrific performances. Unfairly mangled by most critics and many viewers (many of whom need to learn how to loosen up), the film is complete fun from start to finish. Ignore all of the naysayers, THE MAIN EVENT stands one of my favorite romantic comedies.
About the DVD: The picture quality is great, and the mono sound is fine as well. It's great to have the original trailer and the 19-minute television special, titled GETTING IN SHAPE FOR THE MAIN EVENT, preserved on disc, although Streisand's brief audio commentary is slightly disappointing.
It can be very unfair to review comedies so many years after their release because humor does change. "The Main Event" was a sheer and fun delight in its time. It holds up quite nicely now and is not intended to be any great masterpiece of a film... just light and funny. It suceeds on both counts. I found Barbra funnier here than in "What's Up Doc?" where Madeline Kahn stole the show. After this film, it was basically "serious" Barbra from there on out. (Except for her very next film "All Night Long", also underappreciated!)In the AFI "Directors" series, Barbra comments that she should probably have done more comedies. I agree. She has exceptional timing. So to all the nay-sayers I say... lighten up!
Streisand stars as a business woman who's partner has stolen all of her money and skipped the country. The only asset she has left is a down and out boxer (O'Neal) whom she has lost $60,000 on. Her only chance to pull herself out of the hole is to train him and convince him to fight again. They start out hating each other, but . . . well, you know how these films always end.
The chemistry between Streisand and O'Neal is the only thing that keeps this film out of the toliet. Streisand is sometimes brash and loud-mouthed, yet completely loveable. This film wastses her talents. O'Neal is surprisingly good in a role that requires him to parade around in nothing but silk boxers with his hair perfectly combed. It's his easy charm that saves his dignity.
But as great as the chemistry between the two stars is, this movie never gets off the ground. While it has some funny bits (mostly in the first half) the story has no freshness or appeal and the lines are awful. Howard Zieff's shapeless and tired direction doesn't help either.
Streisand and O'Neal make a great pair, but most should probably just rerent WHAT'S UP, DOC? again instead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this DVD because I've so enjoyed Streisand/O'Neal in "What's Up, Doc?", but "The Main Event" doesn't hold a candle to "Doc?"Published 4 days ago by Marya Zanders
One of my favorite movies from childhood-love Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal together. Just a fun, enjoyable movie altogether.Published 3 months ago by teriyaki70
This movie can be hard to find. Glad to finally have found it on Amazon. It's a entertaining romance if your a Streisand fan.Published 3 months ago by jeff
I didn't like that Ryan O'Neil was so degrading. Especially to such a witty and intelligent female lead that Streisand has nailed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by BlastedBella
fast and efficient...great "retro" movie....What a pair....:)Published 8 months ago by Draper Scott
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