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.