Period of Adjustment
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Period of Adjustment
This was the first feature-length film directed by the very successful George Roy Hill. Based on a Tennessee Williams' novel, this standard comedy-drama focuses on two married couples who are both having a hard time of it, at least for now. The first couple, Isabel and George Haverstick (Jane Fonda in an early role, and Jim Hutton), are in trouble because George has bouts of intense fear ultimately brought on by his need to appear to be as macho as he can -- basically his problem is performance anxiety. The second couple, Ralph and Dorothea Baitz (Tony Franciosa and Lois Nettleton) have… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Period of Adjustment is lower case Tennessee Williams, but it also illustrates that lower case Williams is superior to the upper case of most modern playwrights."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Based on Tennessee Williams first conscious effort to write a straight conventional comedy, this verbose screen version, starrig the young Janes Finda, is disappointingly directed by George Roy Hill."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"All in all, it's an appealing mix, even if the shifts in tone seem to unsettle cast and director alike. First-rate performances, though, especially from Fonda, as a wide-eyed Southern belle."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"It veered wonderfully between adult comedy and poignant tender moments."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If anyone else but Williams had written this stage play, it might have been hailed by everyone."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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