Cinema: Grave Effrontery

The Loved One, copiously advertised as "the motion picture with something to offend everyone," is an overstuffed sick joke trying to make the grade as a capital offense. Beneath the comedy's excesses lie the bones of Novelist Evelyn Waugh's slight, graceful satire of love and death in southern California. The hero is still a bumptious English poet (Robert Morse) employed at the Hap pier Hunting Ground pet cemetery. He woos a corpse cosmetician named Aimee Thanatogenos (Anjanette Comer), who is beloved by her boss, Mr. Joyboy (Rod Steiger), the chief mortician at Whispering...

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