I saw this film many years ago. I was reminded of it recently when playing a Johnny Mathis CD on which he performs the theme tune (The last time I felt like this) with Jane Olivor. Although I remembered enjoying the film, I had forgotten just how funny it was. It was also poignant and had me laughing one minute and crying the next. What more could you ask of a film?
The action covers twenty six years in the lives of Doris (Ellen Burstyn) and George (Alan Alda), showing their first meeting and then every five years of their subsequent meetings which actually take place on one weekend every year. The ageing process is extremely plausible, considering the time span - the clothes and hairstyles of the relevant years helping considerably. We learn so much about the lives and families of these two very unlikely lovers, in the very short amount of time they actually spend together that we feel very close to them both by the end of the film.
I'm not sure if this is a man's film but my husband and I watched it together and he enjoyed it almost as much as I did.