Cinema: Dim Homage to a Comic Master

THE WORLD'S GREATEST LOVER Directed by Gene Wilder

Screenplay by Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder should be perfectly content to be Gene Wilder, but he persists in trying to be Mel Brooks. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, Wilder's first film as a director-writer-star, was a pale Brooks pastiche, and The World's Greatest Lover is more of the same. This is sad, for Wilder does have a fresh sensibility of his own to offer: here and there in his films one can find a sweet romantic streak and the beginnings of a surreal visual style....

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