Cactus Flower (1969)

Cactus Flower (1969)

Directed by: Gene Saks

Starring: Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn

Wow, this movie was weird. Not because of the content, but because it starred a YOUNG Walter Matthau. I didn’t know he was ever even young! Seriously, it’s just bizarre. Also, you get really young Goldie Hawn and old Ingrid Bergman, so all your perceptions of these people is just totally warped. It’s crazy, man.

A dentist has been seeing a girl for a while and is finally ready to marry her. The problem is, when they started dating, he told her that he was already married. Cue the wacky hijinks as he coerces his cold secretary to pretend to be his wife that he’s divorcing to be with the girl he likes. Of course, at the end he finds out he loves the secretary and the girl loves some other guy who is pretty much the Mary Sue of whoever wrote the play this is based on. That’s always creepy when that happens.

Really, this wasn’t a bad movie or anything, but it was as predictable as any other love triangle movie/sitcom/whatever. You know exactly what’s going to happen, and that makes it a lot less funny. The only thing that still made this movie laugh-worthy was the great performances by the main three stars. So… I guess it was okay. I wouldn’t see it twice, though.

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