THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (1971)


Somehow I had never seen this highly controversial (in 1971) film that had EVERYONE riled up.  The film was confiscated in Georgia as being pornographic and the case went to the Georgia State Supreme Court before getting tossed out.  So what was in this film, rated R (not X) that drove certain people crazy?  NOTHING but some frank talk about sex (and the f word) as well as some nudity from Ann-Margret (with fake boobs).  This film wouldn’t have raised an eyelash a few years later.  Carnal Knowledge follows the lives of two men, Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, from prep school to middle age, and their differing views on women.  All Nicholson cares about is butts and boobs, saying they’ve got to be a certain size and shape or he’s not interested in the woman.  Art prefers to put his women on a pedestal, learn from them and that’s what he needs.  Among the women portrayed here: a very young Candice Bergen as a prep school girl who secretly sleeps with both of them; Ann-Margret as Bobbie, the perfectly shaped woman who Nicholson beds and marries but then has no idea how to connect with her.  She is superb here, deserving of her Best Supporting Actress nomination.  A jet-black comedy with a heaping amount of truth added – neither man has any clue how to deal with women despite their differing approaches.  Carol Kane pops up briefly as middle-aged Art’s new 18-year old girlfriend and Rita Moreno shows up as a prostitute who has to say certain things to Jack in order for him to get an erection – he’s lost the ability to do so over the years.  Written by Jules Feiffer and directed by Mike Nichols, it’s tame in 2018 but worth a look – Jack is Jack, of course, but Garfunkel is excellent in a role that had to be well outside his comfort zone.


TLA one word review: despondant

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