Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

11 October 2014

The Briefest of Reviews from 1972


Pete 'n' Tillie is 1972 Oscar bait. Weird stuff, really. Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett are a strange couple who just sort of end up together. They have chemistry, but the whole thing is odd. And this is not primarily a comedy, despite the cute little n in the title. The film does pick up whenever Geraldine Page is on screen, and this does give it some delightful comic elements, but mostly this is a movie about a difficult marriage with rather a lot of "acting". There's a reason this movie is hard to get ahold of these days. I'm calling it Oscar bait because Matthau and Burnett, as comedians, are asked to be serious and deal with some family issues and real trouble, in what seemed to me a awards-season ploy to note the versatility of the performers. I'm not sure either is really up to the task here.