There's a Girl in My Soup (15-Dec-1970)
Director: Roy Boulting
Writers: Terence Frisby; Peter Kortner
From a play by: Terence Frisby
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Review by gspot (posted on 2-Aug-2008)
I can only describe this movie as somewhat disappointing.
The movie starts off where we are introduced to Robert Danvers (Peter Sellers), an apparently narcissistic tv celebrity and food critic. he is also a serial womanizer and beds a different woman every night.
Eventually he meets up with Marion (Goldie Hawn), who angry with her boyfriend for having relations with other women, decides to go with him to his stylish bachelor shagpad.
Initially she appears resistant to his charm but she is only playing him, and it seems as if Robert has met his match. However, Marion has some character flaws and will basically sleep with any man who would have her, as she is looking for an elusive love (probably traumatic upbringing), and soon they are at it.
Marion decides to leave her boyfriend Jimmy and moves in with Robert. Soon it appears if they are truly in love with each other and they spend time together in France where Marion gives the impression to people thet they are married. Robert seems to consider giving up his womanizing ways, but in the end Marion returns to her neanderthal boyfriend who doesn't respect her (like I said, probably abusive childhood) and Robert returns to his old ways.
Although I detect echoes of Pygmalion, the whole movie seems rather pointless. The movie seems to extol the virtues of a monogamous relationship, and the hipocrisy of it being OK for men to have multiple women but not vice-versa, however, the end makes the whole story fall flat.
What I like in movies and stories in written form is character development. In this movie, although the characters, seems to change, in the end they are back to their old ways.
I can imagine this movie being somewhat popular in 1970, as it challenges the upper class (and even middle class) British sociey and conventional male-female relationships of such society, but this message is too weak to make this movie of any value.
It does however contain nice visuals and does carry the spirit of those times to an extent, but that is in the end all that this movie is: a relic from the seventies. I can only recommend this movie for people who like nostalgia, For everyone else I would say this movie is mildly entertaining at best.
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