Review: ‘Jennifer on My Mind’

Jennifer on My Mind is a black comedy about an aimless wealthy Jewish youth who falls in love with a bored and impulsive upperclass suburban girl whom he meets in Venice. Story unravels through a series of flashbacks narrated by the youth, Marcus, speaking into a tape recorder as he attempts to cope with the fact that he has killed his love, Jennifer, when in response to her painful pleading, he reluctantly injected her with heroin.

Jennifer on My Mind is a black comedy about an aimless wealthy Jewish youth who falls in love with a bored and impulsive upperclass suburban girl whom he meets in Venice. Story unravels through a series of flashbacks narrated by the youth, Marcus, speaking into a tape recorder as he attempts to cope with the fact that he has killed his love, Jennifer, when in response to her painful pleading, he reluctantly injected her with heroin.

Film, written by Erich Segal and directed by Noel Black, is sort of a cross between their respective previous features, Love Story and Pretty Poison with an added sprinkling of ‘relevant’ social commentary.

The delightfully ridiculous plot, mock-sentimental narration, absurd dialog, infectious syrupy music and intermittent idyllic interludes all parody Love Story. And yet, like Pretty Poison, this is a potpourri of disarming satire, black comedy and poignancy that creates a strangely haunting aura.

Michael Brandon, as Marcus, is charmingly boyish and natural. Tippy Walker, as Jennifer, comes across with a bitchy ethereal allure.

Jennifer on My Mind

Production

United Artists. Director Noel Black; Producer Bernard Schwartz; Screenplay Erich Segal; Camera Andrew Laszlo; Editor Jack Wheeler; Music Stephen J. Lawrence; Art Director Ben Edwards

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Michael Brandon Tippy Walker Lou Gilbert Steve Vinovich Peter Bonerz Renee Taylor
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