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All of Me (1984)

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Last evening my wife and I watched a classic Steve Martin movie called: “All of Me” (1984). It had been years since I’ve last seen this particular film. Steve Martin has been comic gold most of his life, a humorous persona he seems to present on screen. It is amazing how he can transform himself into oddball characters that are often flawed in some sort of way. Some people might not know that he is a writer, director and producer.

I again found it entertaining and amusing. Ever since Saturday Night Live…Steve Martin has been a funny presence on the small and large screen and brings smiles to peoples homes with many classic moments. It is a real treat to watch his films and standup comedy creations. At one point he would hand out a card saying: “This certifies that you have had a personal encounter with me and you found me warm, polite, intelligent and funny.” This gives you some kind of idea about his personality and the kind of man he is.

With such great ability he brings forth the illusion that Lily Tomlin who plays Edwina Cutwater (A funny and entertaining lady) has taking over half of his body, this leads to such amusing and silly moments…a lot of this rests on Steve’s improvisational skills and physical theatrics. Both of us were laughing hysterically at one another while watching this.

I believe for someone who has never seen this movie, they would think it might be a slow starter, but after the initial storyline gets setup, you start to see the hilariousness of everything as it unfolds. The storyline goes like this; a millionaires on her death bed uses her fortune and prestige devising a plan to be reborn sort of speak in the world. She has her soul swapped with a younger woman at least that was the original plan until things ultimately go very wrong finding herself in her lawyer’s body (Steve Martin).

British actress Victoria Tennant (The ex-wife of Steve Martin), also stars in this film playing Terry Hoskins. She is spoiled, rich and shallow and really captures this character I thought rather well. The two spar off against one another while Steve is channeling Lily Tomlin’s character Edwina. This creates a number of chaotic moments for these two and things quickly get out of hand. Madolyn Smith Osborne also appears in this film playing Peggy Schuyler (as Madolyn Smith). Richard Libertini plays the Hindu mystic named Prahka Lasa.

This feature was directed by Carl Reiner who previously worked with Steve Martin on a number of other features including: The Jerk (1979), Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982), and The Man with Two Brains (1983). It was based on a novel written by Edwin Davis titled “Me Two”. Henry Olek was responsible for the adaptation and the screenplay was written by Phil Alden Robinson.

This comedy film is worth seeing; it has some romance in it as well. I think we will watch another one of his movies sometime very soon, so be on the lookout for that review.

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