Over at Tommywood, it turns out that Tom Teicholz has been watching all the movies based on Philip Roth novels. Which is probably a more efficient, if less satisfying, way to spend the summer:
Watching [Portnoy] today, it struck me as yes, failed, but better than its reputation. Lehman chose to take what was in essence a comic monologue and set it as both a story of a love affair and of one man's attempt to heal himself via analysis of that relationship and his prior ones. At the same time, Lehman attempted to show the freedom that the sexual revolution inspired and the consequences of that freedom. Karen Black gives a very strong performance as "the monkey," and Richard Benjamin delivers a more nuanced performance than he gave in "Goodbye, Columbus."