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Friday, September 16, 2016

There's A Girl In My Soup (1970)

Set in the swinging London of the 60s, an aging womanizer (Peter Sellers) with a degree of fame as the host of a TV show picks up a 19 year old American girl (Goldie Hawn) with the intention of seducing her. But he underestimates her and she sees through him. Can a romance be far behind? Based on the hugely successful hit play by Terence Frisby (who adapted his play for the screen) that ran for 6 years in London's West End. Its Broadway run was less popular and ran for less than a year. It's the kind of leering sex comedy that the Brits seem to (or did) specialize in and had an appeal at the time. Today, at its best, it's just silly and at its worst, offensive. Directed by Roy Boulting, Sellers seems miscast as the Lothario that women can't resist. He seems rather obvious and slightly seedy rather than charming. Hawn is actually very good but she can't redeem material as weak as this. The writing seems sloppy, too. For instance, Sellers is playing a gourmet cook yet he suggests going out for Chinese food and drinking sake which is Japanese and unlikely to be served in a Chinese restaurant. With Diana Dors, Tony Britton, Nicky Henson, Christopher Cazenove, Marianne Stone and Nicola Pagett.

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