Abstinence is the only truly safe sex. It prevents transmission of horrible diseases, and it would have prevented the plot of MAY WINE, a bed-hopping comedy bereft of amusement, that feeds on gender and national stereotypes.
Lorraine (Joanna Cassidy) is a Los Angeles matron who disapproves of her daughter Camille (Lara Flynn Boyle) cavorting about with a slimy new boyfriend. To pry them apart Lorraine drags Camille with her on a trip to Paris. Once they set foot in the romance capital, however, both pragmatic
Lorraine and pouting Camille succumb to the Gallic lure of l'amour fou. Separately, they seek a good supplier of birth-control pills and happen to patronize the same gynecologist, Dr. Paul Charmant (Guy Marchand). He's a balding, unassuming middle-aged chap, but both women fall deeply in lust with
him anyway. The pleasantly bewildered Frenchman doesn't know that his new lovers are mother and daughter; Lorraine and Camille don't know that their new lovers are the same man, and so it goes until the truth is revealed and the two screaming females blame poor Dr. Charmant. A repentant Lorraine
goes back to America and her understanding husband (Paul Freeman, playing the most devoted cuckold since Charles Bovary), while Camille elects to stay in wild, wonderful Paris.
But even the City of Light looks bad in MAY WINE, leaden-hued and overcast. Joanna Cassidy, usually a mature and elegant leading lady, registers as shrill and annoying here; ditto for Boyle's sex-happy nymphet. Marchand, a veteran of many popular French comedies, elicits minor sympathy as the
unwitting victim of raging femme hormones, but the sole funny moments in the picture are mute reaction shots of the hotel doorman (Emmanuel Fouquet) who watches the menage a trois develop.
MAY WINE came from the same outfit that did THE MAID and other low-grade efforts featuring Parisian locations and Franco-American casts and crews. Director Carol Wiseman "adapted" the original script by Peter Lefcourt, a movie and television writer who divides his time between Paris and Los
Angeles. It may or may not be germane to MAY WINE that in 1991 Lefcourt published his first novel, The Deal, a satire depicting how Hollywood types bastardize a classy screenplay. (Profanity, sexual situations, adult situations, nudity.)
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- Released: 1991
- Rating: R
- Review: Abstinence is the only truly safe sex. It prevents transmission of horrible diseases, and it would have prevented the plot of MAY WINE, a bed-hopping comedy bereft of amusement, that feeds on gender and national stereotypes. Lorraine (Joanna Cassidy) is… (more)