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Funny About Love

Funny About Love
Gene Wilder has a confused look on his face as an infant sits on his head holding a clock
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Leonard Nimoy
Produced by Jon Avnet
Jordan Kerner
Written by Norman Steinberg
David Frankel
Based on "Convention of the Love Goddesses" in Esquire Magazine by Bob Greene
Starring Gene Wilder
Christine Lahti
Mary Stuart Masterson
Music by Miles Goodman
Cinematography Fred Murphy
Editing by Peter E. Berger
Studio Duffy Films
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $8,141,292

Funny About Love is a 1990 American romantic comedy film starring Gene Wilder, directed by Leonard Nimoy. It was written by Norman Steinberg and David Frankel, based on the article "Convention of the Love Goddesses" in Esquire Magazine by Bob Greene.[1]


New York cartoonist Duffy Bergman (Gene Wilder) marries gourmet chef Meg Lloyd (Christine Lahti). Meg wants to have a baby. Duffy agrees, but after unsuccessful attempts, Duffy encourages her to focus on her career and come back to the child issue later.

After his mother's death, however, Duffy becomes fixated on wanting to have a child. Meg no longer sees this as a priority, as she's trying to open her own restaurant. The two start to have marital problems, leading to a separation.

Duffy travels to Arizona to speak at a Delta Gamma sorority convention. He explains that the Delta Gammas have always been his dream girls—his Love Goddesses. There he meets the much younger Daphne Delillo (Mary Stuart Masterson), and when she moves to New York to work as a network sports reporter, their attraction develops into a relationship.

Daphne becomes pregnant. Duffy is happy to father a child, but uncomfortable with how fast this relationship is progressing. When she has a miscarriage, Daphne breaks up with him, believing that they were really staying in the relationship for the baby.

At his father's wedding, Duffy hears news about Meg and decides to go to her restaurant. He tries to reconcile with her, insisting that he doesn't care if they remain childless as long as he can be with her. Duffy discovers that Meg has adopted a baby boy.


Actor Role
Gene Wilder Duffy Bergman
Christine Lahti Meg Lloyd Bergman
Mary Stuart Masterson Daphne
Robert Prosky E.T.
Stephen Tobolowsky Hugo
Wendie Malick Nancy
Anne Jackson Adele
Susan Ruttan Claire
Freda Foh Shen Nurse
Regis Philbin Himself
Patrick Ewing Himself


Box office

Funny About Love opened in 1,213 theaters on September 21, 1990 and grossed $3,036,352 in its opening weekend, landing at #5, behind Goodfellas, Postcards from the Edge's second weekend, Ghost's eleventh, and Narrow Margin.[2] The film would eventually gross $8,141,292 in the domestic box office.[3]

Critical reception

The film received very poor reviews, carrying a 0% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.[4]

Janet Maslin of the New York Times found the film average.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times had nothing but disdain for the film, giving it only a half of a star rating out of the four stars scale he uses.


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi
  • Box Office Mojo
  • Rotten Tomatoes
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