The April Fools

Synopsis:  Newly-promoted if none too happily married Howard Brubaker leaves a rowdy Company party early with the stunning Catherine, whom it turns out is herself unhappily married – to the boss. They spend an innocent night in New York becoming more and more attracted to each other, so that when Catherine announces she intends to leave her husband and return to Paris Howard asks to go along too. In the cold light of morning problems and pressures from spouses crowd in.

The April Fools 5.5

I was a little wary of a Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve match-up. I don’t know… it just feels like a mismatch somehow. AND it makes me think of the innumerable romantic comedies and dramas with b-list stars that only exist to sap some cash from insatiable (and sadly uncritical) romantics.

Then it started, and it reminded me of Blake Edwards’ ‘The Party’, but in a more grounded style. I was pleased. If there’s anything I don’t like, it’s how ridiculously unrealistic ‘The Party’ is at every turn. To me, it’s one of those shoulda beens that wasn’t.

Sadly, the lengthy party scene in ‘The April Fools’ ended. And then the rest of the movie unspooled. It became your average romantic drama with hints of comedy in it. It was implausible, poorly acted (French intonations are different from English ones, so Deneuve stuck out like a sore thumb), and had poor pacing.

In fact, it was engrossing enough that I fell asleep by the film’s end. Oh, it’s not the first time, but it’s not a good sign.

…now why was it called ‘The April Fools’ anyway…? :/

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