Director: Mike Nichols. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Arthur Garfunkel, Candice Bergen, Ann-Margret. 98 min. Rated R. Drama/Comedy.
Nicholson is a misogynistic freak who employs women for his own grandiose pleasure, but ironically, almost comically, is outwitted by even the most naive ones. In terms of the rapid succession of sharp, witty dialogue and the small number of characters, this is very similar to Nichols' other great film about male-female relationships, Closer (2004); so if you liked that one, this is a must-see. Spell-binding performances by Nicholson and Ann-Margaret, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and featuring Art Garfunkel, who with Paul Simon made another Nichols movie (The Graduate, 1967) and its "Mrs. Robinson" memorable.