Review: ‘Take a Girl Like You’

Take a movie like this. It's about a virgin (Hayley Mills) and a guy (Oliver Reed) who is trying to make her, can't, and is obsessed about it. That's all there is to it.

Take a movie like this. It’s about a virgin (Hayley Mills) and a guy (Oliver Reed) who is trying to make her, can’t, and is obsessed about it. That’s all there is to it.

Basically, it is not a bad little English kitchen-sink drama with some strong but low-key performances, but a lack of sense of humor, generally wearisome development, and a downbeat ending.

At the core of George Melly’s script, based on Kingsley Amis’ novel, is the whole dreary ritual of a boy and girl in conflict about sex.

Jonathan Miller’s direction iss competent, not without its occasional humor and bright spots, but they are too occasional, and what should be a comedy is essentially heavy and melodramatic.

Take a Girl Like You

UK

Production

Columbia. Director Jonathan Miller; Producer Hal Chester; Screenplay George Melly; Camera Dick Bush; Editor Jack Harris; Music Stanley Myers

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Noel Harrison Oliver Reed Hayley Mills Sheila Hancock John Bird Aimi MacDonald
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