THE FACTS OF LIFE (1960) 

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Lucille Ball
Bob Hope
Ruth Hussey
Don DeFore
Louis Nye
Philip Ober
Marianne Stewart
Peter Leeds
Hollis Irving

Melvin Frank



Time: 103 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Drama/Comedy

Won Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Nominations for Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Original Screenplay and Original Song.

SYNOPSIS: Larry and Kitty are two middle-class suburbanites who find themselves growing bored with their lives and respective marriages. Although each always found the other grating in manner, they find themselves falling in love when thrown together without their spouses on a vacation. After returning home, they try to break things off, but just don't want to let go of the magic. When forced to decide, will they choose each other or their spouses?

BOTTOM LINE: Ball and Hope are about the only two actors who could make a fairly straight film about adultery, not only palatable, but occasionally funny. While the script takes advantage of their obvious talents for witty one-liners and physical humor, it's the quiet moments that sell the picture and allow these two comedians to stretch their acting muscles. While the story occasionally falls into the ridiculous, especially while they're trying to conduct their affair on the homefront, they make you believe in their characters journey from loathing to loving.

Most of us have been in a relationship that loses its energy and passion over time, so you can't really blame them when they "find" each other and start to feel alive and interesting again. The main trouble with the story is that as much as you want them to end up together, it's pretty clear that they won't be leaving their spouses, which takes the wind out of the final third of the film. Once the film gets past the zaniness of them sneaking around, it's only a matter of time before the fighting begins...and that's no fun for anyone. Especially them, since it was staged on a leaking house set. All in all, it's a fairly entertaining look at infidelity that will make you think twice about throwing in the marital towel.

"No buddy, I'm with the wrong woman, but I've been with her for 30 years."

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