Starting Over

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"He wants to straighten out his life.... one way or another"
  • R
  • 1979
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 6.4  (3,158)
  • 64

Starting Over is a heart-warming romantic comedy from 1979 directed by Alan J. Pakula, starring Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, and Candice Bergen. The film follows a middle-aged man named Phil Potter (Burt Reynolds) who is trying to start his life over again after his marriage to his ex-wife Jessica (Candice Bergen) ends in divorce due to her infidelity.

Phil moves to Boston and starts a new job as a teacher, hoping to put his past behind him and start fresh. While living in a shared apartment with his brother Mickey (Charles Durning), he starts dating a single mother named Marilyn Holmberg (Jill Clayburgh) who is trying to move on from her own tumultuous past.

The film explores the ups and downs of the new relationships these characters are trying to form after their past relationships have failed. Phil struggles to connect with Marilyn's young son, while Marilyn worries that Phil is not over his ex-wife. Meanwhile, Jessica tries to reconcile with Phil and win back his affection, adding another layer of complexity to his already complicated love life.

While there are some serious moments in the film, the overall tone is lighthearted and humorous. Burt Reynolds delivers a charming performance as the leading man, balancing his character's insecurities with his trademark confidence and humor. Jill Clayburgh and Candice Bergen also shine in their respective roles as Phil's new love interest and his conniving ex-wife.

The film's setting in Boston adds to its charm, with scenes shot in classic Boston landmarks like Fenway Park and Beacon Hill. The soundtrack is also a highlight, featuring classic songs from the 1950s and 60s like "Since I Don't Have You" and "It's All In The Game."

Starting Over was well-received by audiences and critics alike upon its release in 1979. It was praised for its witty script, strong performances, and relatable themes of starting over and moving on from past relationships. It was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Jill Clayburgh and Best Original Screenplay for James L. Brooks.

Overall, Starting Over is a classic romantic comedy that still holds up today. Its themes of love and second chances are timeless, and its charming performances and setting make it a must-watch for anyone who loves a good rom-com.

Starting Over is a 1979 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 45 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 64.

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    6.4  (3,158)
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