Monday, April 01, 2024

What's Up, Doc?

Saturday night, Sharon and I watched What's Up, Doc? Sharon read Barbara Streisand's biography My Name is Barbara and we have been working our way through a number of Streisand's films. We watched A Star is Born in December, The Way We Were in January and Funny Girl in March.

What's Up, Doc? is a 1972 American screwball comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. It was intended to pay homage to comedy films of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, especially Bringing Up Baby and Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny cartoons. The film was loosely based on the 1971 novel A Glimpse of Tiger by Herman Raucher.

The film stars Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal [Love Story]. The supporting cast includes Madeline Kahn; she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress for her role.

What's Up, Doc? became the third highest-grossing film of 1972. It won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) 1973 "Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen" award for Buck Henry, David Newman, and Robert Benton.

Although I was impressed with Streisand's acting, the movie hasn't aged well. It relies heavily on slapstick and physical comedy. Some of the gags feel dated by today's standards. I did enjoy that it was filmed in San Francisco. Overall, I don't recommend it.

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