Cinema: Frantic Fling

THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS

Directed by GENE SAKS

Screenplay by NEIL SIMON

Driving to work one winter morning in his 45th year, Barney Cashman, as securely strapped into his black four-door sedan as into his whole middle-class existence, pulls up at a toll booth He looks yearningly across at a ravishing beauty in the car next to him. "So many pretty girls," he soliloquizes. "When I was a kid, there were maybe six or seven pretty girls. Today they're all pretty."

Barney's libido is tied up in as many knots as a second-grader's shoelace. When three pretty girls in succession offer...