Rafelson, who's lately been making films with titles like Tales of Erotica and Porn.com (the latter starring himself), knows how to put the right amount of oddball perversion into his movie. Bridges and Field (she's the manager of the gym) quickly start a torrid affair, which distracts from Bridges' ability to foreclose on the property. When Arnie appears, the setting morphs into the "Mr. Universe" competition as backdrop; the final scene of bodybuilders posing to homeless people on the street is priceless and worth the cost of a rental alone.
Unfortunately, amid all the chaos and silliness, the story gets a little muddy. Once Rafelson's camera gets sucked into the quest for Mr. Universe, the compelling part of the film -- the romance between the stuffy Bridges and the nutty, somewhat trashy Field -- gets lost. If you want to watch Arnold lift weights, oil up, and pose, you can check out Pumping Iron.
All told this is a capable effort, though now dated and ultimately a bit baffling.
Rafelson, Bridges, and Field offer a joint commentary track on the new (and long awaited) DVD.
Run time: 102 mins
In Theaters: Friday 23rd April 1976
Distributed by: MGM
Production compaines: Outov Productions
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Fresh: 8 Rotten: 3
IMDB: 5.7 / 10
Director: Bob Rafelson
Starring: Jeff Bridges as Craig Blake, Sally Field as Mary Tate Farnsworth, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Joe Santo, R. G. Armstrong as Thor Erickson, Robert Englund as Franklin, Helena Kallianiotes as Anita, Roger E. Mosley as Newton, Joanna Cassidy as Zoe, Ed Begley Jr. as Lester, Franco Columbu as Franco Orsini, Joe Spinell as Jabo, John David Carson as Halsey, Scatman Crothers as William, Kathleen Miller as Dorothy Stephens, Woodrow Parfrey as Uncle Albert, Richard Gilliland as Hal, Mayf Nutter as Packman, Fannie Flagg as Amy, Dennis Fimple as Bubba