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BURT REYNOLDS STARS IN 'PATERNITY' WITH BEVERLY D'ANGELO

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In comedy films, Burt Reynolds is never alone. There's always an eclectic cast of characters supporting him along the process. But here’s a movie where Burt, as a single successful guy who yearns to have a baby, seems completely isolated, and not only because he wants the child born through a surrogate mother.

year of release: 1981
Other than Paul Dooley as his work buddy and Norman Fell as a shrink, there aren't too many outlets for ensemble humor: not the kind that would result in the signature blooper reel during the end credits...

Although a few semi-funny moments have Burt interviewing women for the job – mostly ones he’s dated in the past: Yet one particular insult battle with ornery Carol Locatell is a hilarious standout while on the classy side, Lauren Hutton turns in a cameo as the perfect candidate… but only he thinks so. Yet what brings real light to this unique lightweight comedy is Beverly D’Angelo as a waitress needing money to study abroad. She takes the gig and sleeps with Burt after a contrived yet still romantic date and, once impregnated, she lives at his bachelor condominium. Of course they hang out enough for both to fall in love. And while the ending is visible for miles, D’Angelo plays her part with enough vulnerable charm to make the turnout a happy one. You'll be glad things worked out, if only for her sake.
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