Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter L


This week's movie selection is an old one starring Timothy Bottoms and a young fetching Dame Maggie Smith.  Some film guys categorize the movie as a comedy-drama, while others call it a bittersweet romantic comedy. Mister Hero Man says that often a movie is considered a comedy because a drama just happens to have natural funny elements to it. I suppose. But isn't that the life of humans anyway?

Missus Lady says that this movie is in the same vein as Harold and Maude, which was released two years prior to this one, except the story of love is more obvious between a woman twice the age of a young man. Missus Lady says she doesn't know how she missed this movie when it first came out. Maybe it had a small run because of the theme. I don't know why many people are askance at a May–December relationship. The Missus Lady would know. The First, and Late, Husband was twice her age. People had asked if the First, and Late, Husband was someone famous or if she (not knowing she was a native born Californian) needed a green card. Such stupid people. Meeeeeeeeeow.

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973)
Setting: A summer in Spain

Walter, in his late teens, is from a well-to-do family in New York. Unlike his overachieving sister and father, he has no clue what to do with his life so his father sends him on a biking tour in Spain. Walter hates the experience so joins up with a bus tour in which he meets 30-something Lila who is an inhibited never-been-married English woman getting away from her elderly aunties. As any good romance story goes, Walter and Lila can't stand each other. She's an old cow. He's a too-old brat.

Then it happens. They are in maybe love. Enough in love to leave the bus tour, get a car-and-trailer, and traipse around Spain by themselves. It's only when a castle-owning older man enters the picture that the couple figure where they stand with each other. 

Will Lila and the older man live happily together in his castle? Or, will Lila and Walter be brave and commit a lifetime with each other?  And, if they do, will that change when Walter's father comes back into the picture?

Who doesn't love rooting for two awkward characters finding unconditional love? Purrrrrrrrrrrr.



A note from Su-sieee! Mac: It's the letter at ABC Wednesday.  I must apologize for only making a couple of K visits and very late in the week. I got wrapped up getting ready for our #23 anniversary party and then recouping afterwards. I'll be better this week, I shall.  Onward we go. Please click here to check out other L posts by bloggers from around the world. 

Thank you,  ABCW team!

24 comments:

  1. Oh sounds like a delightful L movie ~ must try and see it ~ fun! ^_^

    (A ShutterBug Explores)

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  2. Interesting review of the movie.

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  3. We have been watching more movies lately because of a friend who picks them for us. You never know what you'll get, but it's always a good one. - Margy

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    1. Missus Lady picks the movies for our household. So far the only one complaining about the results is her. Funny woman. Meowww.

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  4. I have not seen this film and now I must see it! Look how young Maggie Smith is and Timothy Bottoms! It looks like a dramedy which I enjoy

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    1. I wonder if you can find the movie on Youtube. The Humans came across the end part of it at the old-movie channel a month or so ago. Yes, an exclamation point belongs to Timothy Bottoms. Purrrrrr

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  5. Maggie Smith is a wonderful lady, I always love watching her, although I do not know this movie.

    Have a splendid ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/21-l/.

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    1. I don't think many Humans know about this movie which is sad. It's a good one.

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  6. My wife always calls her Harry Potter's grandmother.

    But I'm always reminded of her role in Downton Abbey now when I think of her

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    1. Harry Potter's grandmother--purrrrrrrr. We've yet to see any Downton Abbey. I don't know why.

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  7. Congrats with your anniversary, Susie! Thanks for commenting about my painting adventures. Always something (good or bad) happens:) Have a great rest of the week, and hope to see you back at All Seasons coming Sunday!

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  8. Heavens to murgatriod! How did I miss this one? The title probably put me off ... will hasten to amend my error poste-haste ... thank you once again, Miss Molly-by-Golly. :D

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    1. You're welcome Ms. Widders! Purrrrrrrrrr.

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  9. It's amazing what people say sometimes. I especially like a May-December romance when it's the woman who is older. Could it be because of my age? :) I don't know how many I'm going to get to visit since the A/C upstairs isn't working and it's hot up here!!

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    1. Hi Betty! Hope it's cooler this week for you. When I was 29, I thought it would be nice to have a tryst with a 25 year old. Didn't happen. hahaha

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  10. Harold & Maude? Golly, i enjoyed that movie . . . I wonder if I'll like this one, too . . . "If ya wanna sing out, sing out!" . . . Harold & Maude also had terrific music . . .

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    1. We finally saw Harold & Maude last year, I think. I don't know what took the Humans so long

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  11. Maggie Smith was HOT in 1973!
    ROG, ABCW

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  12. Sounds romantic!
    My guess is that it has a happy ending :)
    Have a great week!

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    1. Depends on your point of view. He did ask her to marry him, defying his father. Not sure though if they did.

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Thanks for the good cheer. :-)