Time: 109 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Academy Award nomination for Best Song.
Hope brings his own special brand of cheeky humor to this silly, 60s bedroom farce. Turner plays the woman he's dying to get his smarmy arms around. The fact that she loathes him and what he's doing to her quiet, little neighborhood only seems to make him want her more. He plays A.J. Niles, a world-famous author who writes about what he knows best: how to be a successful bachelor.
Trouble with the IRS forces him back to America and into the suburbs to do research for his next book, which he hopes will be successful enough to pay off his debt. As the only bachelor in the family-oriented community of Paradise Cove, his presence causes intrigue and begins to stir up trouble. Of course, he keeps his true identity a secret, since many people find his books rather silly and slightly immoral.
In an attempt to use his vast store of romantic knowledge, he begins to tutor the local housewives in the language of l'amour. His advice to add spice to their marriages works well in some households, but terribly in others, causing a few of the husbands to believe AJ's trying to ruin their lives, not improve them. While he enjoys meeting with the lonely ladies, he only has eyes for Rosemary (Turner), the one other single person in the community.
AJ is renting her home, so when the rumors start flying, she's forced to choose between keeping her job her boss is one of the over-heated husbands or kicking him out. She's not particularly fond of him or his attempts to woo her, but she doesn't believe he's guilty of all condemnation coming his way. All he was trying to do was bring passion to Paradise, but his fellow men want nothing to do with it.
When his behavior affects Rosemary's future, they form an uneasy partnership to alleviate both their troubles. She even begins to fall for his limited charms. After all, they're both adults looking for a little companionship, but without the commitment. They almost find it too, but their burgeoning relationship hits the skids when AJ's real identity is uncovered.