The Marrying Man
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Neil Simon forgoes his typical urban East Coast kvetchers and replaces them with sunny Californian kvetchers in The Marrying Man, a film which became a beacon of gossip in 1991 due to the alleged shenanigans of stars Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, who fell in love during production. Simon based his script on a true story concerning the love affair between shoe tycoon Harry Karl and actress Marie (The Body) McDonald during the 1950s. Married to each other four times, McDonald still managed to carry on an affair with mobster Bugsy Siegel. In this Simon-ized version, Baldwin plays Charley Pearl,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A stillborn romantic comedy of staggering ineptitude."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Marrying Man isn't awful; it's something much less fun - conspicuously mediocre."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"the whole thing starts to spin in place, allowing its initial promise to evaporate"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"There's no snap, crackle, pop to this battle of the sexes; even real-life lovers Baldwin and Basinger fail to incinerate the screen with the passion that supposedly gets their nuptially cursed characters in the mess they're in."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"It's hard to spot vintage Neil Simon in his screenplay for this indulgent comedy..."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"There's more juice in the story than I usually expect from Neil Simon; the characters don't just trade one-liners, but get under each other's skins."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"If the guy who wrote The Slugger's Wife disowned this movie ... that's a pretty bad sign."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
""The Marrying Man" seems to have died en route from Neil Simon's brain to the movie theater, but exactly where and why is anybody's guess. An autopsy by a professional is in order."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Jerry Rees's direction is straight-ahead: In a Neil Simon comedy, you don't jump in, you just try to keep out of the way."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The main problem with "The Marrying Man" is a simple one: It's a comedy and it isn't funny."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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