Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thursday's Game (1974)

ABC Circle Films
Directed by Robert Moore
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(VHS, Starmaker/Anchor Bay)

Gene Wilder is a struggling TV producer in NYC. He hangs out with pal Bob Newhart one night a week, ostensibly for a poker game but mostly to get away from their wives. He eventually loses his job and consults employment agency head Nancy Walker to find a new one. His marriage gradually disintegrates and he contemplates an affair. Old pal Newhart gets up the courage to leave his wife, claiming to have become a homosexual. Wilder wonders whether or not it is true, a plot point not fully explored, but certainly open to question after their weekly nights out. Slow-moving, dated comedy-drama, bolstered by an eclectic cast and Wilder's usual commanding, yet gentle, screen persona. 

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