S.O.B.

1981

Comedy / Drama

100
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 90%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 63%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 4,958

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Julie Andrews as Victoria Grant
Robert Vaughn as Dick Lecter
William Holden as David Larrabee
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bkoganbing 8 / 10 / 10

You're Only As Good As Your Last Picture

One of the curious things about S.O.B. is that while it has an incredibly good name cast, there is no real star of the film. Julie Andrews gets first billing because she's the director/producer's wife and after her William Holden has the biggest marquee name so he's second. But if there's a star in this film it's Richard Mulligan because it's on his troubles that the plot of S.O.B. turns. Mulligan came in for a lot of criticism as the frantic film producer who after a string of hits, totally loses his mind. So much so that his movie star wife, Julie Andrews, is leaving him. The first half of the film involve some hilarious attempts at suicide, the best being when he falls through the floor of his beach house trying to hang himself and flattens nosy gossip columnist Loretta Swit. Julie Andrews is basically cast as a movie star like Julie Andrews who gained her fame and popularity with wholesome entertainment like Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. During an orgy/party that his good friend, cheerfully hedonistic director William Holden has at Mulligan's house while on suicide watch, Mulligan gets a brainstorm and decides to redo his last G rated film as soft core porn with Julie Andrews displaying her glockenspiels. Mulligan gets crazier and crazier as the film now becomes a battle between him and studio head Robert Vaughn for control of the film. It all ends quite wildly indeed. A lot of people say Richard Mulligan overacts and chews the scenery. But that's what the part calls for. He no more does it here than Robin Williams or Jonathan Winters at their zaniest. A little fine tuning in his performance might have helped, but the director who should have done this was busy elsewhere. Instead of Blake Edwards doing it himself, he should have begged Billy Wilder to do this film. S.O.B. is the greatest Billy Wilder film that Billy Wilder never directed. Besides those mentioned such luminaries as Shelley Winters, Robert Webber, Marisa Berenson, Stuart Margolin, Craig Stevens, Paul Stewart, Larry Hagman and Robert Loggia play various Hollywood types. But the best by far in the cast is Robert Preston as the Doctor Feelgood to the stars. It's a variation on the conman Harold Hill he played in The Music Man only he's far more cynical. When Preston is on screen, he dominates the film. S.O.B. was the farewell performance of William Holden. Knowing the senseless way Holden died after completing the film, you twinge when you hear him cheerfully tell Richard Mulligan how he drank enough booze to kill a dozen healthy livers. Still S.O.B. was a good film to leave on for him. I enjoy what Blake Edwards did with the talented bunch he assembled for this film. It would have been perfect if Billy Wilder had done it though.

Reviewed by borromeot 5 / 10 / 10

Breaking Wind In Hollywood

I never quite figure out Blake Edwards as a filmmaker. He had a side that was as sophisticated and poignant as it was funny. Think "The Party" or the first Pink Panther, the other side was pure commercialism without any regard for its audience. SOB is a blatant example of that. Here he even uses his characters to badmouth "Last Tango In Paris" - The premise is terrific for a biting Hollywood satire but a premise is just a premise. He has to resort to farting during a sequence that should have been a comedy showstopper. Hey he got his wife to go topless and his wife was Julie Andrews - he must have heard cash registers in his mind like Richard Mulligan's character when he decides to put his wife in a porno=erotic something or other to make zillions of dollars. Richard Mulligan plays his suicidal director like he was in a Mack Sennett routine. Outrageous and I'm tempted to say, unforgivable. I must also confess that made me uncomfortable to see William Holden in the middle of it all. Shelley Winter, Robert Preston, Stuart Margolin, Larry Hagman, Robert Vaughn even a glimpse of the very young Rossana Archette keeps the film going. Loretta Swit - of MASH fame - plays a gossip columnist in such a way that may very well explain why she didn't have much of a film career. So, even if I'm aware I've spent a couple of hours with a bunch of characters I hope I never meet in real life, SOB deserves to be seen if only because it is a piece of film history solidly set on its day.

Reviewed by mark.waltz 5 / 10 / 10

Gone with the Night Wind...and Julie's bra.

A black comedy about how Hollywood rewards success and damns disaster. Having had a few of his own, writer/director Blake Edwards got digs in at the whole system of Hollywood big shots, managers, publicity agents, gossip columnists and the all around selfishness of the industry. Just a decade before, he had tried to change Julie Andrews' image with "Darling Lili", a sophisticated musical comedy that dared to show her being sweet and sexy; a spy, yes, but still sweet and sexy. It flopped, gained a bit of notoriety and eventually a slight cult following. In this often irritating spoof of Hollywood bad taste, Andrews is a Peter Pan imaged goodie goodie, and a victim of her first flop. Director husband Richard Mulligan is personally blamed for the disaster, with suicide his first priority. But a shock brings him back to life, determined to turn it into a hit by adding a shot of the virgin star's" boobies". Yep, that's it in a clam shell bra, and for the former Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp, it's a nice pair, too. There are ramifications, but they don't really matter after the "unveiling". The script though is witty and filled with gem one-liners, mostly uttered by the hysterical Robert Preston in a role that pre- dated his "Victor/Victoria" Toddy by one year. Shelley Winters spoofs agent Sue Mengers (then unknown, but later made infamous by Bette Midler on Broadway), and Loretta Swit gets tossed around and justifiably abused as a much hated gossip columnist. William Holden adds a third Hollywood slam onto his resume, having starred in the first film to puncture a hole on Hollyweird's tire in "Sunset Blvd." and the lesser known "Fedora". Then, there's Larry Hagman as the studio head who is as ruthless as J.R. Ewing, Robert Vaughan, Robert Webber and Robert Loggia as other ruthless members of the Hollywood cog. A bittersweet cut away plot has a has been actor dying on the beach in front of Mulligan's house and nobody noticing him, just his grief stricken dog. This gives a bittersweet theme to the film, but oh, that ending, which left many people cold. So many great moments mixed up together in a stew that went bad even with refrigeration.

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