The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) - Comedy

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A stuffy author enters into an explosive relationship with his neighbor, a foul-mouthed, freewheeling prostitute.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Barbra Streisand, George Segal
Length: 95 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 3 out of 36 found boring (8.33%)

One-line Reviews (17)

"The Owl and the Pussycat" is an uneven but generally enjoyable mix of comedy and romance, with a few dramatic undertones.

Yes, it's obvious something's being explored: life, their relationship, his engagement to an emotionally stuck up woman (who's of course nothing like Doris), what have you, but it just feels so aimless and downright boring.

The comedy is broad and rapid-fire, and the pathos is very intense.

The first half of The Owl and the Pussycat has these talents on full display and yet, somehow, the second half is a boring and disjointed mess.

With nowhere to go they crash in on Segal's friend Robert Klein who is also entertaining.

There really is no story being told at that point, just the owlish Felix and wildcat Doris playing off one another.

It seems a little bit too long and some of their arguing gets repetitive.

There's no real plot to The Owl And The Pussycat.

There's no plot to speak of – instead, we follow the two stars on a logical pattern of location-hopping around New York throughout which their relationship blossoms: from his apartment when she's evicted because of his snitching (which leads to both of them being given the gate by the landlord), to them shacking up at the flat of Segal's pal (who drives them out because of their constant bickering), then going their separate ways till they meet again (after he has learned about her movie experience – a hilarious scene – and a 'colleague' of hers has gone to see him at his workplace) and go out together (where they're harassed by a band of thrill-seekers), after which they find themselves at the house of Segal's fiancée (a scene with an unexpectedly ironic punchline), to finally deciding to be completely honest with one another (beginning with their real names).

There are moments of intense pain along with some really hearty laughs.

Segal is very enjoyable in his "everyman" role, and he makes the picture worth watching, although it does run out of steam in the second half.

Very enjoyable and I also liked the character of Eleanor, her look was right out of the 1970's.

I really enjoyed it.

It's the first thing I think of when remembering The Owl and the Pussycat: first half great, second half boring.

Nice and Funny and Most Entertaining 1970's Piece .

Streisand has a gift for delivering brisk, snappy dialogue.

Enjoyable film runs out of steam in the second half.