Cinema: Muddling Along in Middle Age

THE FOUR SEASONS Directed and Written by Alan Alda

In the spring, a middle-aged man's fancy ponderously turns to thoughts of airline hostesses. This despite the fact that Nick Callan (Len Cariou) is engaged in a less taxing rite of renewal—joining with his wife (Sandy Dennis) and their best friends the Zimmers (Jack Weston and Rita Moreno) and the Burroughses (Alan Alda and Carol Burnett) to open the latter's vacation house for the season.

By summer, when the group has chartered a boat in the Caribbean, Nick's wife, a neurotic photographer, has been replaced...

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