“She’s beautiful...and her ass, it’s a shame she has to sit on it.”



Dir. Martha Coolidge
Screenplay: Robert Nelson Jacobs
With: Walter Mathau, Jack Lemon, Dyan Cannon, Gloria De Haven, Brent Spiner, Elaine Stritch, Hal Linden, Donald O’Connor

What is it about:
Broke, in debt, Mathau cons his brother-in-law [Lemmon] (who is widowed) into joining him as a dance instructor on a ocean cruise. While Lemmon tries to woo a woman on board, Mathau attempts to seduce a beautful young millionaress played by Cannon so he can get rich quick. But as a member of the cruise staff, they are harrased by the ship’s Director of Entertainment played by Star Trek’s Brent Spiner.

Cephas’ notes and spoilers:
I watched this film twice in a row. I loved the hillarious lines given by Mathau at every turn. From his true to life philosophies to his off the wall remarks. Yes, there are some serious mistakes in the film. But who gives a dam?? This film is meant for pure belly-aching fun! Mathau can’t dancve so he has Lemmon teach him how and there has never been a two-step full of left feet! In a scene where he practices what to say to propose to Cannon, he is looking in the mirror and saying lines like, “I would be honored if you would put my last name on your checking account.” Or when he is dancing with Elaine Stritch he makes a bumbling attempt to stay out of Cannon’s view on the dance floor by making a new dance called “The Brazillian Creep, of course, in Brazil it’s just called ‘The Creep.’” It’s a fun film that is worth looking beyond the mistakes.

Cephas’ Rating:
GO RENT THIS! Whether for yourself or for a few friends, it’s a great film to be seen by all. We’ve rented it three times at my house so far to show to our friends and relations. If I can do it three times, you can do it once.