“For someone who’s never been in a place like this, you’re certainly getting around!”
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Response to Peary’s Review:
… and F. Murray Abraham (giving the film’s most memorable performance) as a man mostly hoping to get lucky but also happy to lend Weston a hand once he learns what’s going on.
Peary points out that “in a rare lead, Weston is splendid, especially in his scenes with marvelous Rita Moreno, whose talentless Googie Gomez performs in the bath’s nightclub.” (Moreno won a Tony for her performance of the role on Broadway, which she says was written for her after she played the character at a party thrown by James Coco.)
Peary asserts that while “Moreno steals the film,” he finds “it impossible not to laugh every time detective Treat Williams uses a ridiculous, high-pitched voice. (I disagree, and find this unfunny character trait simply distracting.) Overall, this is a rare film where I caught myself wondering exactly how much I “could” or should laugh; knowing it was written by a gay man helps, though Weston’s transphobia (he’s been misinformed that Moreno’s character is a man) is uncomfortable. Ultimately, as with all comedies, viewers will have to decide for themselves whether this is their cup of tea or not.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: