Film: S.O.B.

Opened: July 1, 1981

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Starring: Julie Andrews, William Holden, Richard Mulligan, Robert Preston, Robert Webber, Robert Vaughn, Marisa Berenson, Larry Hagman, Stuart Margolin, Loretta Swit, Craig Stevens, Shelley Winters, Robert Loggia, Jennifer Edwards, Rosanna Arquette, John Lawlor, John Pleshette, Ken Swofford, Hamilton Camp, Paul Stewart, Benson Fog, Larry Storch, Mimi Davis & David Young

Critics were divided on this film when it came out and time has not been kind to it but seeing Julie Andrews in a very different role is at the very least entertaining.

Felix Farmer (Richard Mulligan) has a mental breakdown after his latest film becomes a box office bomb. After numerous suicide attempts, Felix convinces director Tim Culley (William Holden) to reshoot with him. His thought is to make it a soft pornographic film and have his wife and family favorite Sally Miles (Andrews) expose her breasts.

The main issue is that over time topics of mental health awareness and female sexualization in the film industry have become very prevalent. The jokes and plot device that the film works around seem more offensive than they likely did at the time.

Final say: It’s a bitch to get through. ★★★☆☆

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