Quick, name the ’70s movie in which a local actor outshines A-listers such as Diane Keaton and Elliott Gould.
If you guessed “I Will, I Will … For Now” (1976, Warner Archive, R, $25), you hit the jackpot. The comedy, which is obscure for a very good reason, features sometime-Scranton resident Paul Sorvino in a supporting role.
Sorvino, who remains a controversial figure in NEPA thanks to his taxpayer-funded “Trouble With Cali” film, is easily the best reason to track down the new-to-DVD “I Will , I Will … For Now.”
Elliott Gould and Diane Keaton star as Les and Katie, two well-to-do Manhattan exes who decide, on a whim, to get back together. Inspired by their daughter (Candy Clark), Les and Katie sign a six-month contract instead of taking marital vows. But little do they know that their lawyer (Sorvino) is trying to bust them up so he can have Katie for himself.
Written and directed by a hack named Norman Panama, “I Will” aims to be a pointed satire of modern sexual mores like “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” but, thanks to crude jokes and obvious plot turns, it comes up way short.
That’s the bad news. The good news is Sorvino is a hoot as an opera-loving attorney who will stop at nothing to bag the gal of his dreams. One of his schemes involves sending Les’ beautiful neighbor (a very young Victoria Principal of “Dallas” fame) to the same marital retreat where Les and Katie are trying to repair their marriage.
“I Will, I Will …For Now” is far from essential viewing, but if you’re looking for a comedy, give it a go. At least Sorvino will put a smile on your face.