WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Oliver (Ryan O’Neal), a rich young Harvard WASP, falls madly in love with Jennifer (Ali Mac Graw)- a musician from a poor, Catholic (GASP!) family. They marry against his blue-blooded father’s (Ray Milland) wishes, and the two are left to fend for themselves financially, with Oliver struggles through law school, and she pays his tuition as a teacher. Eventually, they’re hard work pays off, and Oliver becomes a wildly successful junior partner at a New York firm. But just when all seems to be going well, tragedy strikes.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This new edition of LOVE STORY should really be called the “proudly getting guys laid for forty-two years” edition- as no other film, except maybe THE NOTEBOOK has helped so many guys prove to their lady friends that, yeah, I’m a sweet sensitive guy too. In his biography, Robert Evans proudly tells the story about a guy who use to go see this movie every Saturday night with a new girl, getting laid each and every time. Oh Robert…
While I doubt LOVE STORY was intended to be used for this purpose at its inception (although as Evans was the project’s driving force- it just might have been), all these years later it holds up as a moving little story- even if it’s probably the most saccharine romance you’re ever likely to see (THE NOTEBOOK is like SID & NANCY next to this). It made megastars (for a while) out of MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, and they have some mighty fine chemistry together, and the ballad of Oliver and Jennifer might even get you choked up by the time the credits roll (to Francis Lai’s incredible score)- if you can overlook the inherent cheesiness.
And oh yes, LOVE STORY is cheesy. Heck, I doubt anyone involved would debate that fact, as even a year later, O’Neal, when being told “love means never having to say you’re sorry” in his follow-up film, WHAT’S UP DOC!, says that that’s the stupidest thing he’s ever heard. Yeah- it is, as if anything, love means ALWAYS having to say you’re sorry (again, and again).
Considering its popularity, this Blu-ray isn’t as stacked as I thought it would be. All we get is a dreary and a fifteen minute featurette trailer rounds out the extras. Pretty weak for such a huge film.
While it’s got more than a little fromage in its veins, I still enjoyed LOVE STORY as the dated hippy-dippy love story that it is. And yeah, it just might get you laid…