Starting Over
First screened in April 2010
Director: Alan J. Pakula. Cast: Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Charles Durning, Frances Sternhagen, Mary Kay Place, Austin Pendleton, Richard Whiting, Wallace Shawn, Jay O. Sanders, MacIntyre Dixon, Alfie Wise, Charles Kimbrough, Daniel Stern, Sturgis Warner. Screenplay: James L. Brooks (based on the novel by Dan Wakefield).

Twitter Capsule: Three lead actors all seem credibly invested in their characters, but there's only so far to dig. Devoutly mediocre.

VOR:   Not uninteresting to hear Brooks's sensibility making its way into movies, or to see Pakula taking on a lighter project than was his norm in the 1970s. Still, not built to last.

Photo © 1979 Paramount Pictures
Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Jill Clayburgh
Best Supporting Actress: Candice Bergen

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actress (Musical/Comedy): Jill Clayburgh
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Burt Reynolds
Best Supporting Actress: Candice Bergen
Best Original Song: "Better Than Ever"

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