Writer-director Paul Mazursky was one of several filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s to turn his attention to the growing social tensions caused by the liberalization of sex roles and more open attitudes to love and marriage. His explorations of permissive relationship began famously in 1969 with Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice and extended to his most successful film, An Unmarried Woman, in 1978, centering on a newly divorced woman. Between the two, in 1973, he concocted this bittersweet comedy, which features George Segal as a man who falls in love with his ex-wife after she has divorced him for cheating on her. Slyly probing the complexities of contemporary marriage, Mazursky's story is a prime example of the relationship-centered films of the 1970s. It includes singer-actor Kris Kristofferson in only his second movie role, and a part for Mazursky as well.