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BURT REYNOLDS WANTS TO HAVE YOUR BABY IN 'PATERNITY'

Burt Reynolds and Lee Ann Duffield  in PATERNITY Year: 1981 Rating: ***1/2

In his string of romantic comedy films, and even his car chase flicks, 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, playing extremely subtle as a single successful guy who yearns to have a baby, seems completely isolated, at first, and not only because he wants the child born through a surrogate mother...

Norman Fell, Beverly D'Angelo, Burt Reynolds in Paternity with Paul Dooley
Other than Paul Dooley as his work buddy and Norman Fell as a shrink, there aren't too many outlets for the usual ensemble humor — not the kind that would result in the signature blooper reel during the end credits...

Although a few witty moments have Burt interviewing women for the job — mostly ones he’s dated in the past. And one particular insult battle with ornery Carol Locatell is a hilarious standout while on the classy side, Lauren Hutton turns in a cameo as perhaps the perfect candidate… leading to a chase through Manhattan, the buildings and skyline captured as if a character in itself...
Burt Reynolds and Beverly D'Angelo in PATERNITY
Yet what brings real light to this unique lightweight comedy is Beverly D’Angelo as a waitress/music teacher 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 (D'Angelo's restroom conversation with Burt's lover Elizabeth Ashley is a standout). 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.
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY with Elizabeth Ashley
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY with Toni Kalem and Dick Wieand
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY and Carol Locatell
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY and Beverly D'Angelo
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY and Beverly D'Angelo
Beverly D'Angelo in PATERNITY 
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY with Beverly D'Angelo and Norman Fell
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY with Elizabeth Ashley
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY with Victoria Young
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY with Beverly D'Angelo
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY with Beverly D'Angelo and Elizabeth Ashley
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY with Peter Billingsly
Irena Ferris and Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY with Toni Kalem
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY with Toni Kalem
Burt Reynolds and Lauren Hutton in PATERNITY
Burt Reynolds with Paul Dooley (signed the laserdisc below) and Beverly D'Angelo in PATERNITY
Laserdisc of PATERNITY signed by Paul Dooley and Aileen Quinn (from ANNIE) picture below
Aileen Quinn (who signed her name and quote above) with Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY
Burt Reynolds in PATERNITY with Aileen Quinn 

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