Film: Micki & Maude

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Micki & Maude

Director: Blake Edwards
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Distributor: Sony Pictures

Blake Edwards, who managed to capture middle-aged angst so well in 10, managed to offend a variety of constituencies with this sporadically funny take on that reliable laugh-getter, bigamy. Well, not bigamy, technically: Dudley Moore is only married to one woman, Micki (Ann Reinking), but she’s too busy to have the baby he longs for. He winds up in an affair with Maude (Amy Irving), who gets pregnant, thus satisfying his paternal urge. Except that then Micki announces that she, too, is pregnant, doubling his pleasure—and his problems. Twin pregnancies lead…

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Blake Edwards, who managed to capture middle-aged angst so well in 10, managed to offend a variety of constituencies with this sporadically funny take on that reliable laugh-getter, bigamy. Well, not bigamy, technically: Dudley Moore is only married to one woman, Micki (Ann Reinking), but she’s too busy to have the baby he longs for. He winds up in an affair with Maude (Amy Irving), who gets pregnant, thus satisfying his paternal urge. Except that then Micki announces that she, too, is pregnant, doubling his pleasure—and his problems. Twin pregnancies lead to a variety of complications, particularly because Maude’s father is a professional wrestler. And when both women wind up delivering in the same hospital on the same day, well, director Blake Edwards does what he can to make this sordid situation seem comic—which it is as long as you don’t think about it too much. —Marshall Fine

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