‘S.O.B.’ on Blu-ray

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In 1981 Blake Edwards wrote and directed S.O.B., a whacky farce about Hollywood. The cast is phenomenal, featuring Julie Andrews (Edwards’ real-life wife), William Holden, Larry Hagman, Richard Mulligan, Robert Preston, Craig Stevens, Loretta Swit, Robert Vaughn, Stuart Margolin, Robert Loggia, and Marisa Berenson, among a long list of others.

The story is about a movie producer, Felix Farmer (Mulligan), who has never had a bad film – until now. His latest wholesome family-friendly film with his wife Sally (Andrews) is a major flop. Sally moves out with their children, Felix tries – several times – to commit suicide, and the people at the studio are in a state of confusion, not knowing what to do with the film. They decide to recut it, but then Felix has an inspiring idea to reshoot it and turn it into a big-time porno film. He gains control of the film and sinks all his money into it knowing deep down, it will be a hit. After all, the morality of the time was in the gutter, so why not show it on screen?

S.O.B. is standard operating bullsh** in Hollywood. This film is a farce about the narcissism, extremes in the world of entertainment. The film is stupid and off color. Robert Preston is the saving grace. Incidentally, he co-starred with Andrews the following year, 1982, in the smash hit Victor/Victoria. Preston can never give a bad performance. He is endearing and memorable.

S.O.B. was nominated for some awards at the time, however it isn’t a go-to movie if you’re interested in a real comedy. Victor/Victoria is a much better film.

S.O.B. has its loyal fans, however. It’s filled with great talent with a few memorable characters. This is the one film in which Andrews appeared topless.

S.O.B. is not on my personal list of good movies, however, as stated earlier, it has a following. It’s one of those movies you either love or hate. This Blu-ray release is part of the Warner Archive Collection and can be ordered from their website.

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