Genre Guesstimation – Bye Bye Braverman (1968)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Michaela of Love Letters to Hollywood and we will be reviewing our favorite ’60s comedies.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Michaela!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of ’60s comedies ……

“Somewhere I read it costs $3500.00 a year to be poor. ” – Morrow Rieff

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Sep 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Four lifelong friends try to deal with the sudden death of one of their friends.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident while seeking something to watch for this month’s genre.

The cast is great on paper, and the fact that it’s directed by Sidney Lumet really intrigued me.

Unfortunately, the story doesn’t work as well as one might hope.

The characters are all far too cranky the whole way through and none come across as being likable enough.

George Segal’s character feels as if he is trying too hard to seek something more existential and that takes away from the potential power of this kind of story.

The film also attempts to make this a two-fold journey for these characters as they seem to go on a road trip while also searching for more meaning in their own lives after this unexpected death to someone close to them.

The women in this movie all far too superficial and the none of them seem to do anything ore than stand around which is a shame since there was so much more potential with this movie.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the funeral home when the Rabbi (Alan King) is delivering the eulogy, he references living one’s life as James Bond. The next shot is of Joseph Wiseman, who played the title character in Dr. No (1962), the first Bond film. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. The black comedy here tries too hard to be more existential than it really needs to be.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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