Deeply felt critique of middle-class sexual politics, and one of the better films of formerly interesting director Mike Nichols. Jules Feiffer's script is an uneasy, confessional work rooted in the regret and confusion experienced by his generation of Americans--men who reached middle age at a time when the rules governing male-female relationships were undergoing radical change.
The film follows college roommates (Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel) from youth through embittered middle age. Nicholson is a manipulative misogynist, apparently incapable of emotional intimacy; Garfunkel is his less confident, more sensitive chum. In the opening segment, set in the 194...