Engaging and 100% of its time. A mall in late 80s Los Angeles at Christmas time looks pretty alien now. Allen and Midler are excellent and play beautifully off each other and the direction is solid. Play-like script is progressive and lovingly written.
Potentially great cast (Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Joan Collins, Tuesday Weld) squandered by a bad script, uneven tone, and poor pacing. Newman and Weld's way-too-broadly comedic performances are awkward and hard to watch, as is the "savage Indian" 4th of July pageant. The first dud I've seen by Leo McCarey (Duck Soup, The Awful Truth, Make Way for Tomorrow, Going My Way, The Bells of St. Mary's, An Affair to Remember), a favorite of mine. A generous 2 out of 5 stars. d. Leo McCarey, 1958, USA, 106 min.