Review: Carnal Knowledge
Director: Mike Nichols
By Sarah Stopforth
This movie was not what I was expecting. It stars the ever-so-charming Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel (Yes, of Simon & Garfunkel. Who knew he was actor?) It was directed and produced by Mike Nichols (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf , The Graduate , Closer )- huge fan.
This film was, at times, frustrating. It essentially documents the sexual relationships of two best friends, from losing their virginities in college to getting married, or not getting married. At the beginning of the film the two young men a presented with a sort of dilemma: choosing who gets to attempt to get the “only attractive girl” at their college mixer. Nicholson’s character says, “She’s yours. I’m giving her to you.” These are words he would soon regret, as the girl turns out to choose differently.
My main frustration with this film was that the women here only serve one purpose: sex. This doesn’t change throughout the course of the film, which left me very dissatisfied with the plotline. The only thing that made me persevere was Jack Nicholson’s tremendous performance.