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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » The Woman in Red
The Woman in Red
MGM // PG-13 // January 7, 2003
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Review by Todd Siechen | posted March 3, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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There aren't a whole lot of films that deal with infidelity and adultery with such levity and light-hearted humor as "The Woman in Red". This is why this film is so delightful and watchable. It takes a man going through middle age to a place where obsession for a beautiful woman in red takes over his life. Gene Wilder is truly an enigma outside the circles of the hollywood scene, but when he gets in front of the camera he becomes magical and in this case he is the man directing the film from behind the camera as well.

Theodore Pierce (Gene Wilder) is a middle-aged married advertising executive who isn't quite sure what he wants in life other than the beautiful Woman in Red, Charlotte (Kelly LeBrock). He still trolls around with his rat-pack group of buddies oggling every woman in sight and seems very much in love with his wife, yet Teddy spends all his time and energy relentlessly pursues the affections of the gorgeous young model Charlotte who plays hard to get. Teddy makes a fool of himself over and over again without regard for how he appears to his family and co-wokers. But Teddy perseveres and finds adventure and excitement in the chase for lust and the untouchable woman in red.

Some of the funniest scenes in the film happen with Gene Wilder's real life love Gilda Radner who plays Ms. Milner, a co-worker who has been mistaken in assuming Teddy's advances are towards her. Wilder is just endlessly captivating in this film (and most of his other films). The success of this film really hinged on Wilder's performance, but he is also supported by a wonderful cast including Charles Grodin, Joe Bologna and Judith Ivy.

One of the reasons I really like this film is it doesn't play to any specific agenda like so many films do. It does tend to romanticize certain things that some may find objectionable, but I only saw that it allows the viewer to not only have a great time laughing, but also coming up with their own answers to the questions of self discovery during middle age. Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick create a truly appropriate and warm soundtrack that really accentuates the romantic edge this film generates.

Audio - 2 Channel Stereo Surround, Spoken Languages: English, French, Spanish, with English, French, Spanish, and Portugese subtitles. The audio is certainly crisp and clean with nice range for a 1984 romantic comedy.

Video - Anamorphic Widescreen on one side and Standard Full Screen on the other. Other than being a little soft, the video quality is slightly above average with no discernable problems or errors.

Sadly there are no extras other than a single trailer and trailers of other MGM releases.

Summary: This is one of my favorite films from the 80's. I see it as a timeless ride through one of the pitfalls of middle age that so many of us go through. Wilder creates a very funny, original, dimensional character both in his acting and directing that never loses its appeal. The film lets the viewer make up their own minds about the morality of Teddy's adventure and doesn't try to force anything on us. Highly Recommended on the film and a recomended on the DVD for the lack of extras.
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