Same Time, Next Year
They couldn't have celebrated happier anniversaries if they were married to each other.
A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year. Originally a stage play, the two are seen changing, years apart, always in the same room in different scenes. Each of them always appears on schedule, but as time goes on each has some personal crisis that the other helps them through, often without both of them understanding what is going on.
Has very little reason to exist other than a decent performance from Ellen Burstyn. Other than that, the script is awful, Alda is grating, and the entire film just falls apart.
I got on an Ellen Burstyn kick, but it's not really rewarding me so far. This movie is adapted from a play, and boy does it feel like it. The acts are divided by earnest montages of pop culture events playing out by as the years pass. Burstyn's characters are usually worldly and sardonic, but this character is too sweet and innocent - at least initially. Really, al the way through. The theme song is treacly and sappy. I had a good time mocking it. And the ending is obvious. However, I did realize that this is the play that the Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore go to see at the beginning of Ordinary People. Out of context, the scene in Ordinary People always seemed goofy and pandering. In context, it's not that much different.