This movie from 1977 has always been a favorite of mine and it held up very well. I have to give Richard Dreyfus a lot of the credit for creating such a distinctive character in Elliott. Mason is good too but her role is more generic. And Quinn Cummings was a terrific child actor. It is hard to believe RD is only 29 years old here. He could easily be a decade older. Neil Simon had a knack for bringing both warmth and humor to a story without it being saccharine and that was true here. If Mason's character was a bit too weepy I can live with that.
Patricia Abbott is the author of more than 125 stories that have appeared online, in print journals and in various anthologies. She is the author of two print novels CONCRETE ANGEL (2015) and SHOT IN DETROIT (2016)(Polis Books). CONCRETE ANGEL was nominated for an Anthony and Macavity Award in 2016. SHOT IN DETROIT was nominated for an Edgar Award and an Anthony Award in 2017. A collection of her stories I BRING SORROW AND OTHER STORIES OF TRANSGRESSION will appear in 2018.