Much of the wit and satire in this portrait of the permissive morals and the corruptive decay of the 18th century is blunted, making it a noisy, bawdy, slapstick yarn about three sex-starved sailors on the rampage.
The scrappy storyline, drawn from Henry Fielding’s Rape Upon Rape and John Vanbrugh’s Restoration comedy The Relapse, plus the Mermaid Theatre musical written by Bernard Miles, can hardly be defined. It centers around the romantic entanglements of three wenches and their sailors which, after many misfortunes, complications and misunderstandings, land practically everybody in court.
Christopher Plummer as Lord Foppington hardly does his screen reputation much good. He plays the effete aristocrat in a mannered way but extracts only exaggerated humor from it.