That Old Feeling
There are certain things about life that I just don't want to know, nor do I want anybody revealing them to me. I don't want to know there's no Santa Claus. I don't want to know there's no Easter Bunny. I don't want to know that's not William Shatner's real hair. And I certainly don't want to know that old people have sex.
Despite the fact that most would agree that "don't ask; don't tell" is the best approach to geezer-boinking, "That Old Feeling" takes great pleasure in reminding us that old people can still rut like bunnies given the proper motivation. The bunnies in this instance are Lilly (Bette Midler) and her ex-husband, Dan (Dennis Farina), who rekindle their romance after being married to other people for fourteen years. They run around finding places to screw while their daughter, Molly (Paula Marshall), gets irritated because she knows how much they dislike each other.
Even considering the fact that old people may actually pay $7.50 to watch other old people have sex, director Carl ("Don't Call me Rob") Reiner still takes this whole cheap sitcom concept way too far.
After one particular tryst between Lilly and Dan, Carl decides to establish that sex occurred by having Bette jump out of bed in her blouse and slip on some panties. This is why movie theaters should come equipped with barf bags and emergency exits. Watching Bette Midler wiggle into her panties ranks on my list of "things to do" right up there next to "unanesthetized prostate operation." If only there had been some warning; perhaps the time has come for the MPAA to institute a new rating: NC-50.
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