Sex and the Single Girl
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There is excellent on-screen chemistry between Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood. Bacall and Fonda were also well cast in supporting roles. (Fonda, as a panyhouse salesman, must look at women's legs to keep on eye on the competition. Bacall, his wife and former panyhouse model is jealous because she thinks its for pleasure and not business)
Mel Ferrer is also cast in the movie. I remember seeing him portray King Arthur in the 50's(?) movie, "Knights of the Round Table".
What I really enjoyed about the movie (besides the character interactions) was the use of detail to poke fun at the burgeoning consumer/automated society of the time. The scene where the Stop Magazine CEO must insert coins to drink from the machine only to get a bare mouthful of water sets the stage for later humourous scenes. At lunch time, Tony Curtis and a co-worker insert coins into vending machines to get their coffee, food and dessert. Tony concludes the scene by saying "This one's on me" by placing the tip into another slot. In the bathrooms coins are also needed to use the facilities. They must rush to make full use of water and to make haste to comb their hair because the mirrors are on a timer.
The movie was an excellent 1960's piece in that it gives the viewer a glimpse into the values and style of that period. The scene with Fonda and Bacall dancing at their wedding anniversary was a real eye opener.Read more ›
Of course it helps if (like me, born 1957) you're a boomer who lived through "those days" and remembers vividly those crazy go-go '60's, with all of its kaleidoscopic turbulence and tumult. "SATSG" zooms in to re-examine a topic we'll never exhaust--the tug-of-war of courtship and romance as women and men struggle to "hook up" and sustain relationships over time.
I never learned what Helen Gurley Brown thought of this flippant trashing of her book, which definitely WAS intended to be a call to action for modern girls of the early sixties to live their dreams and joust as equals with men in careers AND in "scoring" romantically. Another author once made the trenchant comment that when you sell a property to Hollywood, you're really giving it up for "mining rights" and what eventually emerges will have only a slight resemblance to the original work. NEVER truer than with "SATSG"! I suspect Helen (like most authors) simply rolled her eyes and cashed the check.
Here the book's themes are just used as the set-up for a 60's sex farce, with pioneering liberated psychologist (and author of the current best seller non-fiction work "Sex and the Single Girl") Helen Gurley Brown (Natalie Wood) being manipulated for an expose by the underhanded, "anything for a scoop" ace reporter of "Stop" magazine, Bob Weston (Tony Curtis, in full, leering hound-dog mode).Read more ›
The stars shine equally brightly in this one. Tony Curtis, ever suave and sophisticated, tempers his delivery with all the coyness of the office boy's slap. Natalie Wood, breathtakingly beautiful and all so sincere, acts as the perfect foil to Curtis. She is so innocent you cannot help but want to believe everything that she says.When she bats her eyes and pleads for forgiveness you know that both Curtis and the viewer cannot help but cave in to her.
The other principles are universally charming. Edward Everett Horton, Lauren Bacall, along with Mel Ferrer are all three the epitome of sixties cosmopolitan. The major surprise, though, is Henry Fonda. His deadpan delivery is right on, and he steals every scene he's in.
Sure, it's mostly a light confection, but this tasty treat goes down easily. There are even a few (dare I say it?)brilliantly staged scenes. For example, when Curtis is in the process of being interviewed by Wood, he needs to fabricate a description of his sex life as he goes along during the questioning. He does so quite skillfully, incorporating the various psychological states depicted by the artful renderings framed on the office walls, enabling him to finally state the nature of his problem and the reason for his visit. He's ashamed that he's "sexually inadequate".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie but is in widescreen which kinda ruins the moviePublished 1 month ago by Chris A. Schaedler
LOVE THIS!!! Natalie Wood would gorgous here! Light comedic, and racey for the time!
I would rather purchase these movies, then see anything on the screen today!! Read more
Natalie and Tony are so hot together. They are both so adorable to look at. It's a cute story. My favorite part is the scene toward the end where everybody is driving their cars... Read morePublished 5 months ago by cbokay
Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood are really great. My husband and I laughed all the way through it.Published 8 months ago by C. A. Freel