Up the Sandbox (1972)

Up the Sandbox (1972)

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

Starring: Barbra Streisand, David Selby, Ariane Heller

Yep, this tepid Streisand comedy is directed by the same Irvin Kershner who directed The Empire Strikes Back. Then again, the guy also did Robocop 2 and Never Say Never Again. That’s kind of a weird career.

Streisand plays a put-upon pregnant housewife with an overactive inner fantasy life. Her life sucks, so she’s constantly living through fantasy sequences involving her standing up for herself (and being shot down) or going on adventures, like blowing up the Statue of Liberty with a group of terrorists. By the end of the movie, she… doesn’t learn or grow as a character at all. Life still sucks.

This is supposed to be a comedy, but it’s really not funny unless you think a woman who wants to do things beside sit at home and pop out babies is funny. Which… you really shouldn’t. And even if you do, I wouldn’t admit to it if I were you. That might make people angry.


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