It all started with Gregory Larkin (Jeff Bridges) placing a personal ad searching for a woman for companionship and he has highlighted that physical appearance is not important. Claire, the sister of Rose Morgan (Barbra Streisand) secretly responds to the ad on Rose’s behalf. Both protagonists are professors at Columbia University. One day, Gregory checks out Rose in her classroom that is full of students listening intently to her lecture about love. Gregory seems in agreement with one part of her lecture. Then, like a high school student, Gregory hesitatingly gives Rose a phone call. There starts a different kind of relationship between two university professors.
Are you honest with your partner? They say that any relationship may lead to a break-up if honesty is absent. Gregory and Rose are both smart in their fields. It is also their expertise that has helped them be attracted to each other. A math genius and a literature expert! Can they be compatible? Gregory may be boring to his students, but Rose has helped him to be a professor that can connect to his students. As they become comfortable with each other after several “dates,” they have finally become engaged and then soon married. They are now husband and wife, but with an agreement as initiated by Gregory—no sex nor physical intimacy. Huh?! Why? Because Gregory believes that sex can ruin relationships based on his previous experiences.
How about Rose? Is she in total agreement with it? Can husband and wife really have a no-sex relationship? At one point in the movie, I focused on Rose’s heart to sense if it says anything about her wants and needs as a woman. I also almost peeked into Gregory’s chest to see if his heart is beating in accordance to what he is saying. Then there is one scene where Rose is having a conversation with her mother. For Rose, it is the turning point for her. Of course, I will not tell you why. What I can say is that this movie is funny and analytically smart. You’ll know what I mean when you see the movie. One tip though… Honesty is still the best policy. Check this movie out!