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Portnoy's Complaint (1972)





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A classic novel does not always a classic movie make as can be seen in this filmization of Phillip Roth's controversial, profane, and at times hilarious best-seller. Set in an analysts' office, the story reflects the stream-of-consciousness whining and self-flagellation of Alexander Portnoy, a neurotic, self-absorbed Jewish man with some serious sexual hang-ups, as he tries to sort through his childhood agonies, his somewhat bizarre relationship with his overbearing mother and milquetoast father, Judaism vs. Christianity and his unhealthy relationships with his own body and gentile women, particularly the girl he calls "The Monkey."

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Richard Benjamin
as Alexander Portnoy
Karen Black
as Mary Jane Reid
Lee Grant
as Sophie Portnoy
Jack Somack
as Jack Portnoy
Jeannie Berlin
as Bubbles Girardi
D.P. Barnes
as Dr. Otto Spielvogel
Renee Lippin
as Hannah Portnoy
Jessica Rains
as Girl In Office
Eleanor Zee
as Woman in Hospital Bed
William Pabst
as Inn Clerk
Tony Brande
as Cab Driver
Darryl Seamen
as Alexander (age 8)
Mike de Anda
as Mr. Harero
Carmen Zapata
as Mrs. Harero
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The other thing lacking in the movie is the book's sense of mischievous fun and the kind of joy contained in Roth's liberating message.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It is no accomplishment that the film has been made with restraint and good taste. The Philip Roth novel was an attack on restraint and good taste.

May 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Ineptly directed.

April 8, 2012 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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