The Secret Life of an American Wife (1968)

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A bored housewife poses as a call girl for a movie star sex-symbol, hoping she can prove to her husband, the star's agent, that she is still desirable to other men and thereby, rekindle the spark in their marriage.


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6 October 2010 | beegeebright
| What a total waste of time!
Really, if you have an hour and a half of your life that you want to, even then I am sure you could find something better to do. I was very disappointed. Yes, I know the stars have done good work but not here, not with this tedious play turned into a movie. I was around in 1968 so I am accepting of the fact that the pacing of movies then, (see the original Pink Panther) was simply slower. It is not that. It is that, to put it simply, really nothing happens. Nothing at all. Okay, maybe one thing but who can even tell? And certainly by that point, no one cares. Matthau (even a younger one) as a matinée idol, oh, come on, never. If it were played by Rock Hudson or even Tony Curtis, maybe but Walter Matthau. What atrocious casting! Anne Jackson is certainly more appealing here than usual but there is frankly always something a little pitiful to me about her, a desperate quality and never more than here. Really - rent the Odd Couple if you want to see Matthau,and almost anything with Anne Jackson in it but this!

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