Pete 'n' Tillie I

March 22, 2017: Let me be the first to say that the ’n’ in 1972’s Pete ’n’ Tillie, the movie I write about in my latest Best Forgotten column for The Awl, is an affront to the thinking person’s eyeballs. But if you watch the film (and you really should), you’ll find that the ’n’ is actually a satirical smirk at Hollywood’s promise of cute coupledom. While Walter Matthau, playing Pete, does the smirking, Carol Burnett, as Tillie, skips the cuteness: she spends much of the movie—hers and Matthau’s first together and easily her best—in a state of barely suppressed resentment. It’s a beautiful thing.