All of Me
Release year: 1984
Director: Carl Reiner
Screenwriter: Phil Alden Robinson, Henry Olek, Edwin Davis (novel)
Starring: Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Victoria Tennant, Madolyn Smith osborne, Richard Libertini, Dana Elcar, Jason Bernard, Selma Diamond
Ratings: 2 Golden Globes nominations: Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Lily Tomlin), Best Actor Comedy/Musical (Steve Martin).
Dying millionaire Edwina (Lily Tomlin) has planned to have her soul transferred over to the young, healthy and willing body of Terry (Victoria Tennant), but by mistake, she instead ends up in the body of her lawyer Roger (Steve Martin) – together with Roger!
Based on Edwin Davis’s unpublished novel and directed by Carl Reiner of Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) and The Jerk (1979) fame (both also starring Steve Martin), All of Me is a charming fantasy comedy, which sees Martin play it more straight than he had previously, and it suits him. At first the movie stumbles a bit over itself; the rather silly set up of a dying, rich woman planning to transfer her soul into another body, and performances that seems strained. But once Martin and Tomlin (Nine to Five, 1980) is united in one body, everything seems to somehow click and just works. This is mainly due to a great Martin and Tomlin managing to share onscreen chemistry, without literally sharing a screen. As mentioned, the usually goofy Martin here gives a more straight performance, luckily, because with the concept, this would be to silly otherwise. As it is, it is heart-warmingly charming and with a nice twists is even brings a bit suspense. A nostalgic welcome for many and worth a watch from others, to whom this is a new acquaintance.
The Cutwater Mansion seen in the film is 1928-built Greystone Manor which is the largest private residence ever constructed in Beverly Hills. The property has featured in several Hollywood movies.
Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video