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Streisand & Cast Are Screwball-Hilarious,
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This review is from: What's Up Doc [VHS] (VHS Tape)
WHAT'S UP DOC? is a "Streisand" movie, but the supporting players are just as much responsible for its success. I echo the previous reviewer and dare you to take your eyes off of Madelaine Kahn as Eunice. ("Eunice? That's a person called Eunice?") She is absolutely hilarious as she counts to ten, badgers fiance Howard Banister ("as in 'up the...'"), and reads "A Woman's Guide To Sex" in bed -- a hilarious character moment.
The script by Buck Henry is full of little comic gems of lines. One of my favorites:
"Has anyone ever told you that you're very sexy?" "Well actually, no." "They never will."
Streisand is gorgeous with her long hair and tanned body. Ryan ONeal is very good as a bewildered musicologist. Streisand gets a great singing moment perched on top of a piano as she seduces ONeal with "As Time Goes By".
There are so many funny moments in this film: the chase through San Francisco, the courtroom scene at the end ("First there was this trouble between me and Hugh." ... "You and me? " .. "No, me and Hugh." ... "Stop that! Make him stop saying that! ") and of course, Streisand in the towel out the window.
This is truly a funny, madcap kind of old fashioned movie. I highly recommend it. Let's hope for a crystal clear DVD version that includes all of those hilarious Bogdonovich outtakes -- are you listening out there?
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Initial post: Sep 12, 2009, 11:20:53 PM PDT
Alan M. Smith says:
My favorite movie of all time! "Don't you know the meaning of propriety?" "Proprity-conformity to...." FUNNY STUFF!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010, 3:01:05 PM PST
Amazon Customer says:
One of the funniest movies of all time (and I hate Barbra).
Posted on Jan 9, 2011, 3:50:37 PM PST
J. Hensley says:
Actually It's Howard Banister ("As in 'Sliding down the' ") but your review is fantastic as is this movie! I saw this movie when I was about 5 years old and it still makes me laugh hysterically! Great review for a great film! BRAVO!
Posted on Sep 28, 2011, 1:10:51 PM PDT
B. Tweed DeLions says:
Madelaine Kahn is one of the great comedic actresses of all time, without a doubt.
Posted on Apr 25, 2013, 7:57:20 AM PDT
Was browsing my past Amazon purchases and leaving reviews where I hadn't when I found this purchase I made several years ago.
I don't need to leave to a review now because you echoed my sentiments exactly. Up to and including one my favorite lines from the movie.
So I'll just say that your (and now mine, since we think so much alike) review left me with the overwhelming desire to see the movie again.
I'm posting this and heading straight for the DVD cabinet to spend the next hour and a half in pure blissful and comedic hysteria.
Posted on Jun 17, 2013, 9:15:25 AM PDT
-I know. I'll try to be the same.
-The same as what?
-The same as people who aren't different!
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