The Woman In Red (1984)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5

USA, 1984Screenplay by , based on the screenplay Un Elephant Ca Trompe Enormement by , Cinematography by Produced by Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by .  

adapts Yves Robert’s 1976 film Pardon Mon Affaire with charming results, making a sex farce that is never vulgar but isn’t hypocritically modest either. He plays a happily married man who sees a remarkably beautiful woman (, filling the requirements of the role to the nth degree) and becomes obsessed with her. His wife () is quite adamant that she won’t put up with any kind of threat to their marriage, particularly after seeing what has happened to his philandering best friend , which means that keeping things safe at home while fulfilling his ultimate fantasy will require some expert maneuvering. Managing to be sweet and bawdy at the same time, the film is blessed with a number of incredibly funny sequences involving the main character’s group of friends, and is proof that a concept comedy can be successful while avoiding painfully tired clichés: the character of the wife isn’t turned into a monster in order to make her husband more sympathetic, while LeBrock’s beauty isn’t an excuse for tacky, exploitative jokes, nor is the film afraid to celebrate how charming and winsome she is. The addition of a host of songs by Stevie Wonder (including the Oscar-winning “I Just Called To Say I Love You”) adds to the fun.

Academy Award:  Best Original Song (“I Just Called To Say I Love You”)

Golden Globe Award:  Best Original Song (“I Just Called To Say I Love You”)

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