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The Woman in Red
on 28 March 2010
This was very much an eighties classic because of Stevie Wonder's soundtrack but I wondered how much I'd enjoy seeing it today? Briefly the plot is that married middle aged Teddy (Gene Wilder) becomes infatuated with a model (Kelly LeBrock) whom he meets through his work and decides to pursue her. Throw in various subplots such as a misunderstanding with a spinsterish female colleague who believes Teddy is romantically interested in her with the various problems with his friends' love lives and you've a remake of a French farce.
Although it was nice to wallow in a certain amount of nostalgia this film hasn't aged well. I don't know why but I wasn't over keen on Teddy's friends' involvements in his shenanigans and to be honest the whole thing had rather a misogynistic tone. Also, why was a stunning model such as Ms LeBrock undoubtedly was in the 80s attracted to somebody like Teddy? With all the will in the world, I find this rather unlikely. The soundtrack's good though and at 82 minutes it's a good length for a film.