187. Barefoot in the Park (1967)

A much-needed change from Harry Potter films was required, and spotting my mum’s favourite film on the tv was the very thing I was looking for.

Beautiful newlyweds Corie and Paul (Jane Fonda and Robert Redford) move into their tiny apartment on the 5th (or is it 6th?) floor of a slightly dilapidated building in Greenwich Village. There is no lift, so with the exception of the excited Corie, every other visitor arrives breathless and in need of a large drink.

After trying to fix her mother up with the eccentric Senor Velasco, their upstairs neighbour, Paul and Corie have a big falling out. Can they get over their differences in the too-small flat with a hole in the skylight?

Aw, it’s very dated and so obviously taken from a play (which I discovered was written by Neil Simon), but Fonda never looked as good and is fun to watch. Redford is stuffy as his character requires, but has a glint that suggests they had a great time making the film. It’s frothy and won’t change the world, but it’s tightly written and enjoyable. What’s wrong with that?


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