Thursday, November 3, 2016

If I Ever See You Again (1978)

How bad is it? Treacly twaddle. Considered worst romantic film ever.
Should you see it? Tough call. It's a nice palate cleanser from most films on this blog, but hard to find.

Joe Brooks, who had written the hit song "You Light Up My Life," created the cinematic equivalent of that bland romance with this (minus the religious overtone of the song). He wrote, directed and starred, though he had little ability at any of those. In the film, he's a jingle writer trying to be a serious musician and he tries to win back the girl of his dreams (Shelley Hack) that he lost before he became rich and famous. His plan works. That leads to a lot of sirupy nonsense Nicholas Sparks wouldn't touch. Authors George Plimpton and Jimmy Breslin have roles, as do child actors Danielle Brisbois and Peter Billingsley. Much of the film looks like television commercials for feminine hygiene products of the 1970's.

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