Getting It Right

Sweet love trimphs over hollow class consciousness in Getting It Right, a wonderful made-in-Britain sex comedy that celebrates romance in funny, quirky ways.

With:
Jessie Birdsall Helena Bonham Carter Peter Cook Lynn Redgrave Jane Horrocks John Gielgud

Sweet love trimphs over hollow class consciousness in Getting It Right, a wonderful made-in-Britain sex comedy that celebrates romance in funny, quirky ways.

Maggie Thatcher’s England, specifically London, is satirized here. Self-taught hairdresser Jesse Birdsall is a 31-year-old virgin still living at home but doing nothing about it. He suffers in silence, preferring instead to day-dream about girls. He gets yanked out one night to a trendy loft party along the Thames hosted by a socialite who dresses like a man in drag (Lynn Redgrave).

What ensues reminds one a bit of Griffin Dunne’s predicament in After Hours except this is a much more complex adventure. It’s filled with a cast of delightful English eccentrics. Redgrave, meanwhile, is determined to relieve the mystified Birdsall of his virginity.

Helena Bonham Carter is a terrific and surprisingly convincing bulimic tramp parading as an aristocrat. Director Randal Kleiser is in touch with his subjects and treats them well. The actors clearly know what they are speaking about and seem to enjoy every word of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s clever, textured script [based on her own book].

Getting It Right

Production: MCEG. Director Randal Kleiser; Producer Jonathan D. Krane, Randal Kleiser; Screenplay Elizabeth Jane Howard; Camera Clive Tickner; Editor Chris Kelly; Music Colin Towns; Art Director Caroline Amies

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: Jessie Birdsall Helena Bonham Carter Peter Cook Lynn Redgrave Jane Horrocks John Gielgud

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