HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Angel Has Fallen
I Lost My Body
At First Light
Free Ride
Crawl
Transit
Blank Check
Mad Monk, The
Wind, The
Holly and the Ivy, The
Atlantique
Now, Voyager
Wolf's Call, The
Nostalghia
Nightingale, The
Eighth Grade
Irishman, The
Betrayed
Lords of Chaos
Operation Petticoat
Dead Don't Die, The
On the Waterfront
Last Faust, The
Moonlighting
Art of Self-Defense, The
Ironweed
Booksmart
Prisoners
Beach Bum, The
Kill Ben Lyk
Into the Mirror
Support the Girls
Werewolf
Little Monsters
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans
Pentathlon
Anna
Moulin Rouge
Ray & Liz
   
 
Newest Articles
Memories Are Made of This: La Jetee and Sans Soleil on Blu-ray
Step Back in Time: The Amazing Mr. Blunden on Blu-ray
Crazy Cats and Kittens: What's New Pussycat on Blu-ray
No Place Like Home Guard: Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes on Blu-ray
A Real-Life Pixie: A Tribute to Michael J. Pollard in Four Roles
We're All In This Together: The Halfway House on Blu-ray
Please Yourselves: Frankie Howerd and The House in Nightmare Park on Blu-ray
Cleesed Off: Clockwise on Blu-ray
Sorry I Missed You: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort on Blu-ray
Silliest of the Silly: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 1 on Blu-ray
Protest Songs: Hair on Blu-ray
Peak 80s Schwarzenegger: The Running Man and Red Heat
Rock On: That'll Be the Day and Stardust on Blu-ray
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
Shit-Eating Grim: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom on Blu-ray
Stallone's 80s Action Alpha and Omega: Nighthawks and Lock Up
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
   
 
  Group Marriage All Together NowBuy this film here.
Year: 1973
Director: Stephanie Rothman
Stars: Victoria Vetri, Aimée Eccles, Jeff Pomerantz, Claudia Jennings, Solomon Sturges, Zack Taylor, John McMurtry, Pepe Serna, Jayne Kennedy, Milt Kamen, Ron Gans
Genre: Comedy, Sex
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Chris (Aimée Eccles) works for a car hire firm, and likes her job but is having misgivings about her boyfriend Sandor (Solomon Sturges) whose life has been consumed by his obsession with creating a new line of bumper stickers with hip messages on them. Today she tries to hitch a ride to his place of work to fix his car, but the driver who stops for her is also approached by another hitcher, a parole officer named Dennis (Jeff Pomerantz), whose car has broken down nearby. After an argument about who the driver stopped for, they both get in - who knows where this could lead?

The clue's in the title, but it takes six people to make a group marriage, or it does according to this anyway, so where do the others come from? That's what you find out over the course of the story, in director and co-writer Stephanie Rothman's sex comedy which may have sounded unpromising in the manner of such things, but actually turned out to be not so bad. Quite enjoyable actually, with a bright sense of humour which more often than not hit the funny bone, and a neatly progressive attitude to relationships, all of which may be dated now to an extent, but being so redolent of a free and easy time was very refreshing.

All this was before AIDS came along and spoiled the free love party, so this is even more nostalgic for some viewers than others, or it might have been if their point of view had not evolved in a different direction. Rothman of course was notable for being a female director of what were basically exploitation movies, but she gained the reputation of someone of note when a feminist subtext was often spotted in her work, with its strong female characters well to the fore. In this case there were three of them, Chris and the two women who show up later on, both of them ex-Playboy Playmates of the Year, perhaps not hired for their acting abilities but acquitting themselves respectably.

First up was Victoria Vetri as Jan, who is Dennis's girlfriend, invited along to meet Sandor and Chris after Dennis spends the night with the latter, apparently in a state of affairs that it was only reasonable Jan should have a go with Sandor, which they do. If there were any doubts that they were spoofing the higher profile but something of a cop out Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, then take a look at the scene where they're all sitting in bed together, only instead of getting intimate they find themselves distracted by Chris wanting to watch Johnny Carson followed by Attack of the 50 Foot Woman on late night television.

There are more examples of this irreverent, goodnatured humour to come, but when that other Playmate shows up the more serious implications of their arrangement arise. She was Claudia Jennings as lawyer Elaine, and she is brought aboard to live communally in the large house by another newcomer, lifeguard Phil (Zack Taylor), though she has ideas about changing the law to make group marriage legal. Once they appear on television as their notoriety spreads, they get unwanted attention by arch-conservative troublemakers, including a bunch who arrive to firebomb the house, but just as you think this is getting a little too downbeat what with adultery and an unplanned baby on the way to contend with, Rothman pulled it back for a cheery ending which might have acknowledged the law was not on their side, but was warm and generously-minded to leave you amused. Even homosexual couples get a look in, and if some of this might make modern audiences cringe, there was much very likeable about it. Music by Michael Andres, with a theme song by John Sebastian.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3095 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
  Rachel Franke
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: