Looking For Mr. Goodbar

  • 1977
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Brooks, hardly a great director, doesn't quite pull off this adaptation of the Rossner novel. Keaton is a repressed teacher of deaf-and-dumb children who lives under the thumb of her macho father, Kiley, and her let's-make-everything-nice mother, Pointer. She would love to be free of them, so she sets out to find "Mr. Right" but in all the wrong places....read more

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Brooks, hardly a great director, doesn't quite pull off this adaptation of the Rossner novel. Keaton is a repressed teacher of deaf-and-dumb children who lives under the thumb of her macho father, Kiley, and her let's-make-everything-nice mother, Pointer. She would love to be free of

them, so she sets out to find "Mr. Right" but in all the wrong places. She haunts the singles bars and goes on a sexual voyage, sleeping with Atherton, a befuddled, sweet guy who loves her; Gere, a stud with sadistic tendencies that thrill her; and finally, Berenger, the insane bisexual who

eventually takes her life. Keaton is shown existing in two worlds: the safety of school and home versus the madcap life of the swingers who stay up late, drowning their loneliness in stingers and sex. This is the other side of Hoffman and Farrow's JOHN AND MARY; we kept looking hard at the bar

scenes to see if Dustin and Mia were in the background. There are many erotic scenes, but they are handled fairly well. Imagine Brian De Palma with the same script, and you'll realize how disgusting it could have been. Feinstein is excellent as Keaton's first lover, and Weld is sensational as

Keaton's slightly dippy sister who is happy following whatever trend is au courant. LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR made lots of money and showed that Keaton, who had just scored in ANNIE HALL, could get out from under Woody Allen's wing and be a star on her own. An added plus is the score by Artie Kane,

which evokes the solitude of living in a city with millions of people but still not having anyone with whom to really talk.

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  • Released: 1977
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Brooks, hardly a great director, doesn't quite pull off this adaptation of the Rossner novel. Keaton is a repressed teacher of deaf-and-dumb children who lives under the thumb of her macho father, Kiley, and her let's-make-everything-nice mother, Pointer.… (more)

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