This 1972 film
is Peter Bogdanovich's affectionate homage to the Screwball Comedy
.Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Judy, played by Barbra Streisand
, relentlessly pursues Howard (Ryan O'Neal), a repressed academic, throughout San Francisco
, despite the "havoc and chaos" (in Howard's apt phrase) that follow Judy everywhere she goes. Meanwhile, the Satchel Switcheroo
has happened to four identical red-plaid suitcases: Judy's personal items, Howard's valuable (to him) musical minerals, an eccentric rich lady's jewel collection, and some unspecified "Top Secret Government Documents." Hilarity Ensues
An unofficial remake of Howard Hawks' 1938 movie Bringing Up Baby
This film provides examples of:
- Accidental Misnaming: Judy keeps calling Howard "Steve." This is likely a Shout-Out to To Have And Have Not, where Lauren Bacall kept calling Humphrey Bogart's character "Steve", even though his name was Harry.
- Actor Allusion: Judy makes a reference to Love Story, which Ryan O'Neal also starred in
Judy: Love means never having to say you're sorry. [Bats eyes.]
- Chase Scene: One of the best and most memorable in all of Hollywood history.
- Comically Missing the Point: Judy has surreptitiously added a clock radio to Howard's purchase of a bottle of buffered aspirin. When he is told the astronomical combined total, he asks "Well, how much without the buffering?"
- The Chew Toy: Poor, poor Eunice...
- Distracted by the Sexy: Judy pulls off a few of these during the opening sequence, causing a pizza chef to miss his toss and several drivers to crash. This is just a start to establishing her MPDG status.
- Foreign Language Tirade: Hugh Simon, as he exits at the end of the film.
- Gambit Pileup
- Grande Dame: Mrs. Van Hoskins
- Henpecked Husband: Howard.
- Hooked Up Afterwards: Eunice and Mr. Larrabee.
- Just Eat Gilligan: They could presumably just open the bags to see what's actually inside, but then it wouldn't be nearly as hilarious.
- Arguably justified in regards to the seekers of the documents and the jewels. They could've arguably gotten caught at any moment as they stole.
- Judy and Howard did try to just grab all four handbags and look through them to figure out which ones were their own. Unfortunately, they only figured out to do this during the climax, when they had to partake in one of the best chase scenes ever, and got arrested immediately after.
- Lover's Ledge: A rare female example that is actually completely innocent. Barbra Streisand's character Judy has to go out on the window ledge to hide from Eunice, and ends up dangling in nothing but a towel. (Goodness knows how it managed to stay on...)
- MacGuffin: Pretty much any plotline that doesn't involve Howard and Judy.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Judy, although her actions border on sociopathic in ways that most MPDGs don't.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Lampooned.
Hugh: Get your hands off me, I'm a doctor!
Judge: A doctor? Of what?
Judge: Can you fix a hi-fi?
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Fritz's upside-down mustache.
- Pie in the Face: Hugh gets one (by accident, of course) during the climactic fight scene.
- Recycled Soundtrack
- San Francisco
- Satchel Switcheroo
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: The entire first half of the movie.
- Screwball Comedy
- Shell Game
- Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: See Actor Allusion, above.
- Take That: The repulsive Hugh Simon is said to have been based on Caustic Critic John Simon note .
- Title Drop: Several, including ending the film with a clip from Robert McKimson's 1950 Looney Tunes short of the same name.
- We Gotta Stop Meeting Like This: Those very words are used.
Judy: What's up, doc?
Howard: I beg your pardon?
Judy: You know, we've got to stop meeting like this.
- Who's on First?:
Howard: There was this trouble between me and Hugh.
The Judge: You and me?
Howard: Not you, Hugh.
Hugh (helpfully): I am Hugh.
The Judge: You are me?