• Starting Over (1979)

Starting Over

Release Date: October 5th, 1979

DVD Release Date: June 21st, 2005

R |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

When his wife, Jessica (Candice Bergen), leaves him for a chance at a music career, Phil Potter (Burt Reynolds) is devastated. He moves from New York City to Boston, joins a club for divorced men and cautiously begins an affair with a free-spirited schoolteacher named Marilyn (Jill Clayburgh), who genuinely seems to care about him. But when Jessica decides she wants Phil back, he jumps at the chance, only to wonder if perhaps he's made the wrong choice.

Cast: Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Charles Durning, Frances Sternhagen, Austin Pendleton, Mary Kay Place, MacIntyre Dixon

Director: Alan J. Pakula

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: Paramount

Keywords: School, Rivalry, 1970s, Brother, Transformation, Charming, New York City, Love, Emotional, Love triangle, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80

    Starting Over takes on the subject of marital dissolution from a comic point of view, and succeeds admirably, wryly directed by Alan J. Pakula, and featuring an outstanding cast. show more

  • 50
    Time Out

    It's as if Pakula had got on a fairground horse that has gone out of control, and is undecided whether to go with it or try to stop it. show more

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Starting Over actually feels sort of embarrassed at times, maybe because characters are placed in silly sitcom situations and then forced to say lines that are supposed to be revealing and real. When the gags do work, and occasionally they do, it's more a matter of acute social observation than good writing. show more

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Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture