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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
by Lucia Bozzola review

With the casting of Diane Keaton as Theresa, Looking for Mr. Goodbar became a then-rarity in Hollywood movies, depicting an everyday woman with an erotic life, rather than a vamp or a whore. While Keaton's performance was hailed for embodying the contradictions faced by women after the sexual revolution, Looking for Mr. Goodbar was faulted for Brooks's heavy-handedly puritanical view of the 1970s singles bar world. With its cultural currency, Looking for Mr. Goodbar became a moderate hit, as contemporary audiences debated how close Theresa's story was to their own experience.