Peter Falk is brilliant, and Alan Arkin perfects confusion-giving-way-to-rage-ending-in-satori, but the Andrew Bergman script, though there are a couple bright spots, is shot through with chauvinism and bigotry. This comedy didn't age well. Even if it is comedy, the idea that an upper-middle-class professional residing in the suburbs represents U.S. cultural terra firma no longer applies, and neither does the notion that the CIA is just a company of regular do-gooder guys.

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