The Last of the Red Hot Lovers

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"Barney wanted women in the worst way. And that's the way he got them."
  • PG
  • 1972
  • 6.0  (644)

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a 1972 comedy film directed by Gene Saks and starring Alan Arkin, Sally Kellerman, and Paula Prentiss. The movie is based on the play of the same name by Neil Simon. The story revolves around Barney Cashman (played by Alan Arkin), a middle-aged, married man who is tired of his life as a seafood restaurant owner in New York City. He decides to have an affair and sets up three rendezvous with different women all on the same day in his mother's apartment. The women are Jeanette Fisher (Sally Kellerman), a kooky actress; Bobbi Michele (Paula Prentiss), a neurotic housewife; and Elaine Navazio (Renee Taylor), a brassy and tough-talking woman.

As Barney tries to seduce each of these women, he realizes that he is not cut out for adultery, and each of the women exposes his flaws and insecurities. Jeanette exposes his boredom and lack of imagination, Bobbi exposes his fear of aging and his need for control, and Elaine exposes his cowardice and lack of confidence.

Throughout the film, there is a sense of tension and chaos as each of the women leaves and enters the apartment, sometimes overlapping with each other. The film's comedic moments come from the awkward and uncomfortable situations that arise as Barney tries to impress each of the women and conceal his true intentions from his wife.

Alan Arkin delivers an excellent performance as Barney, a complex and flawed character whose efforts to have an affair are both misguided and comical. Sally Kellerman's portrayal of Jeanette is over-the-top, but it works well as a contrast to Barney's subdued and serious disposition. Paula Prentiss is likewise excellent as Bobbi, playing the role of a neurotic and desperate woman with great skill.

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a film that explores themes of infidelity, fear, and loneliness. Neil Simon's script is sharp and witty, providing plenty of laughs along the way, but also delving into more serious territory. The film's pacing is well-done, with plenty of twists and turns that keep the viewer engaged from start to finish.

In conclusion, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a classic comedy film that showcases the talents of a talented cast and crew. It is an entertaining and timeless story that explores themes that are relevant today as they were in 1972. The film is a must-see for fans of Neil Simon and anyone who enjoys a good laugh.

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a 1972 drama. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

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