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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 10, 2009 at 8:05 AM

Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin: comic genius, a quarter-century old

The only reason I could think of to go see “The Pink Panther 2” was because it would reunite Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin on the big screen, for the first time since 1984. And then I read my friend John Hartl’s review again, and I thought, maybe not. And then I thought about “All of Me,” which is always worth doing.
A comedy directed by Carl Reiner, “All of Me” features two of the funniest performances ever captured on screen. Martin plays a lawyer (who really wants to be a musician) who though a plot device far too complicated to describe ends up with cranky invalid socialite Edwina Cutwater (Tomlin) residing in his body and controlling its right side. Martin miraculously makes us believe in this concept, with some inspired physical work — his walk, with half of his body in the control of the rather prissy Edwina, is classic — and Tomlin, who does much of her performance with just her voice, is both wildly funny and surprisingly touching. Richard Libertini, as her hapless guru who mutters things in a kind of strangled English, is a scream. “All of Me,” now 25 years old, isn’t perfect — Victoria Tennant is disappointingly bland — but it’s a great American comedy that makes me laugh every time.
Here’s a link to its ending scenes, featuring Libertini at the piano (watch him; his comic timing is flawless), and Martin and Tomlin’s effortless chemistry in perhaps the happiest closing sequence ever filmed. Minor spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the movie (though the suspense isn’t in whether things will end happily, but how they’ll pull it off) — but really, what are you waiting for? Go watch it!

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