Jack Lemmon plays a fun-loving, somewhat overbearing New York press agent who learns he is dying of terminal cancer. Before he dies, though, he wants to patch things up with his estranged son (Robby Benson). Director Bob Clark has a decent enough cast to work with, but ultimately the movie is not particularly involving. It is too long and seems rather superficial in its treatment of the subject matter. Perhaps a major problem is simply Lemmon's character; he never really stops being an obnoxious, overbearing figure, so it's no surprise that his son is estranged. The cast also includes Lee Remick (playing Lemmon's ex-wife), Kim Cattrall, Colleen Dewhurst, John Marley and Gale Garnett. --D.K. Latta
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Jud (Robbie Benson) feels awkward and insecure in his father's company, but he has moral strength and categorical convictions. He is grim and careworn and just twenty and Scottie has no choice but to inform his ex-wife (Lee Remick) of his condition and beg her to persuade her son to spend the summer with his dad - without telling him the truth, of course. She agrees and Jud agrees but Scottie's victory is hard-won - he shields himself from her sympathy by turning his ill-health into ridicule and drinking and smoking even more - and may well be a Pyrrhic victory: He has his son, yes, but now that he has him he does no know what to do with him. Jud patiently endures his father's wisecracks but is in no mood to play his stooge. He shows little enthusiasm for Scottie's diversions - why did he want him to stay? Their relationship deteriorates even more when Scottie tries to engineer a romance with an aspiring actress (Kim Cattrall).Read more ›
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Lemmon's character is commited to having no commitment...So busy loving the world he is unable to totally love those who to whom he is closest.
Watch this film with friends and I guarentee you will have one of the greatest discussions you have ever had about all of the implications...A totally human film
Great Song by Barry Manlow heard over the credits sums up the whole idea of the film...
A good friend of mine used to say, "We are just passing through." and I guess this is what the movie is all about.
A father and a son relationship is precious...please make the most of it.
If this film ever comes out on DVD I will buy it without a second thought.