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I only like this one because it may be so bad it's good. Seeing Andy Robinson (Scorpio from Dirty Harry) float in occasionally as the overzealous Public Health official in charge of notifying people that they have (dramatically) VEE-DEE! is just precious. There are some hilariously melodramatic twists where we find out just WHO gave WHO the Syphilis. Cloris Leachman is a strange choice for this cheesy 70's TV-Movie Instructional. The mother of the young girl with VEE-DEE! is particularly and delightfully terrible. Sit down with your significant other and prepare to be amazed. And then make love... and try not to give each other any VEE-DEE!
This movie has it all! 70s sexual politics, VD, Cloris Leachman, a national health crisis, #metoo, a real mother and daughter playing a movie mother and daughter, and deep nostalgia for those of us who grew up with made-for-TV-movies. Do yourself a favor and watch.
Because Cloris Leachmane played so many comedic roles I think we forget how strikingly gorgeous she is and this film highlights that. The film captured some timeless themes in spite of its 1970s setting. I loved watching a beautiful cast present a meaningful message sans nudity and the eff word. Yes, it can be done, it used to be done all the time. Great story. Great cast, fabulous clothes and scenery.
I realize this movie was probably meant to be ground breaking and informational in it's time.....but the writing was poor and the acting was pretty bad. It sort of reminded me of a movie that would have been shown to high school students 40 years ago during gym class to warn them about STDs. Wouldn't recommend to anyone, and gave it a single star because I had to choose one, not because it deserved one.
I enjoyed it! The elegance of Cloris, the fashion, the hair and her acting. I thought it was profound when the husband's secretary asked him if he would go to her home to stay the night or to "crash." He thought about it but refused because I am sure he learned his lesson not to go around and fool on his wife. Sex was casual, very much so back in the early 70's, the sex revolution. I also thought it was ironic when the girl's mother took the high road when she thought the girl may be pregnant but instead, she was told that her daughter had VD; and oh boy, that made her mad and trashed her daughter calling her a tramp.
There were breaks in the movie that made me think this was originally a made-for-TV movie. This time period of the movie was early 1970's before HIV....but could apply to that as well. As a past Public Health Nurse, I have done the job of chasing down the cases of VD. Cloris Leachmane was talented, gracious and beautiful. Yes, the movie had a purpose of telling the public about VD and I liked that. The movie was just OK.
I believe the movie represented the era that it was made in. The writing was a bit corny like everything else in the 70's, but overall I enjoyed it. It was a little bit slow at first, with an interesting surprise ending!