WAY… WAY OUT (1966)
Article 2463 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-30-2007
Posting Date: 5-10-2008
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Featuring Jerry Lewis, Connie Stevens, Robert Morley
In order to offset the bad press generated by reports of an attack on a female Russian cosmonaut by an American astronaut on a weather station on the moon, the idea is hatched to send a married couple to the moon so that the solitude won’t result in madness. The next astronaut in line is forced to marry a total stranger in order to make this happen.
This was one of Jerry Lewis’s weakest movies; it’s a sex comedy that tries to be both racy and coy at the same time, and ends up being just dumb. A weak script with an over-reliance on stereotypes is the main problem. It’s also simply not a good vehicle for Jerry Lewis; to his credit, he mostly avoids his usual goofy character, but he’s supposed to be both likable and somewhat caddish, and though Lewis could play either one of those traits, I don’t think it was possible for him to combine them into one character; in THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, he had to do it with a Jekyll/Hyde personality change. The movie isn’t particularly believable, but that’s no great crime for a comedy; it’s just not funny, either. The cast is pretty good, though, with Connie Stevens, Robert Morley, Dennis Weaver, Brian Keith, Dick Shawn and Anita Ekberg doing what they can with the script, but it falls flat. The movie also features Linda Harrison and James Brolin.