19 March 2003 | rdvinct
A "light" wonderful little comedy.
There are those that say about this film that it is ridiculous and very forgetable. However, this is what I have to say about For Pete's Sake. The two movies that Barbra made that preceeded this one were The Way We Were and Up The Sandbox. Up The Sandbox, although billed as a comedy, was actually more of a drama-slash-comedy. And I think most of us know that The Way We Were was not a comedy. Therefore, as Barbra has stated, she wanted to just do something light and comical for her next film project. I think then, that she succeeded beautifully. Another thing, too, is that if you are going to start COMPARING this movie with What's Up, Doc?, then I really don't think that's fair. For Pete's Sake and What's Up, Doc are two totally different comedies. It's like this: What's Up, Doc? had an excellent supporting cast and all of the movie's characters centered around the one plotline. This is not so of For Pete's Sake. For Pete's Sake focuses on the story's ONE major character and that one character's plight throughout the movie. The supporting cast of For Pete's Sake is decent, but they do not really have much to do with the story. In What's Up, Doc?, four of the characters had identical suitcases that got mixed up. Not only the owners of the suitcases wanted them back, but so did many of the other characters in the movie! And the film centered around the plight of ALL of the characters and what they had to do with the identical suitcases. In For Pete's Sake, again...the story is about the one character, NOT MANY OF THEM, and that ONE character's plight, and stayed focused on that. So...therefore, I think it worked beautifully as awonderful "light" comedy. I will say this though: I think that the part of the movie that is about when Barbra was dealing with her johns in the callgirl operation she entered into, could have been written to include a lot more plot twists. You know, a lot more "zaniness". But, hey! It is what it is. I did get a great laugh in that scene where one of the johns come over and he's pretending that he's a TV repairman. Barbra does not know this and is already nervous enough as it is. After she lets him in he pulls out a screwdriver, and her eyes pop wide open and she exclaims..."What's that!!?" He explains to her..."It's a screwdriver". She exclaims, puzzled as hell..."For what???!" Her facial expressions are great. Then, I got an even bigger laugh in the scene where Barbra, in order to escape from a police dog that was chasing her, decends down into an open manhole. The next scene shows her with her head slowly creeping out of the manhole and she's all disorientated, her eyes adjusting to the light. She sees two construction workers sitting eating their lunch and shouts..."Hey! Where are we?" They tell her..."Fourth Avenue and Douglas Street". She nods to them thanks and proceeds to start climbing out of the manhole. Now of course, all dirty and messy. Once she's out, she's stumbling and bumbling along and one of the construction workers looks to the other and says, not knowing of course why she came out of a manhole, says..."Boy...what some people wanna do to save a subway fare!" I really thought that was quite hysterical! Again...this movie succeeds exactly as what it was made to be; a "light" slapstick comedy. If you ever get the chance, try to see this movie on DVD. Not only is the color and the sharpness of the picture absolutely incredible, but you can get a wonderful director's commentary from Peter Yates. For Pete's Sake is a great "light" slapstick comedy.