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Ryan O'Neal

'The Awful Truth': When screwball was king, and queen

'The Awful Truth': When screwball was king, and queen

These days it happens approximately never. But when a genuinely funny romantic comedy comes along, creating a cockeyed world inhabited by two people of equal, dazzling wit and wiles and performance style, suddenly you realize what you’ve been missing.

Now and then a spark floats by and you remember what was possible and even fairly common. Watching Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams sprint through “Game Night” earlier this year, you saw nicely complementary stars working hard (but never too) in the service of humanizing the plot machinery. That movie, often stupidly violent in ways we’ve come to take for granted, wasn’t much. But McAdams especially had some of the sparkle of the...