O’Hara’s Wife (1982)


“C’mon Doc. I haven’t been sick in years. I’m not worried about my body.” – Bob O’Hara

Number of Times Seen –at least twice (Cable in the 80’s and 6 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A recently widowed workaholic lawyer is visited by the spirit of his wife in order to help him learn to enjoy life.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recently came across as I was trying to find more Jodie Foster films to watch in order to expand my knowledge of her career.

I do recall seeing this film on cable as a kid, yet didn’t recall anything about it besides the fact that Ed Asner plays the lead role.

The story itself is clever yet they present things in a quirky way which is effective the entire way through.

Asner does a wonderful job in the lead role and makes us believe things in a more powerful way.

This is mainly die to his ability to make both the comic and sentimental scenes work.

His chemistry with Mariette Hartley is quiet believable and they have some very tender moments together.

The rest of supporting cast is also great and despite having Foster, Ray Walston and Tom Bosley to help him, their characters all feel like padding since the main point of this story focuses on his actions and feelings.

The film has a great message which is unfortunately not presented in a powerful or poignant enough manner which is a shame since they missed a great opportunity to give the audience something much better.

Bottom Line – Quirky but interesting film that works most of the time.  Asner is great in the lead role and is able to get the comic and sentimental moments of the story done well.  The supporting cast is also great even if they all are just there as padding since the bulk of the story focuses on the main character and his feelings. The film has a great message which is a bit too sugarcoated and things might have been even better had they found more poignant ways to get this message across.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Posters prominently feature Jodie Foster even though she has a relatively small role. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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