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The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)
"The Knack ...and How to Get It" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  3 June 1965 (UK)
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In England, the times are a changing: it's mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the ... See full summary »

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In England, the times are a changing: it's mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the sexual revolution. He begs his smooth (and misogynistic) pal Tolen to teach him 'the knack' - how to score with women. Serendipitously, Colin and his new lodger Tom meet up with Nancy while Colin's buying a bed larger than Tolen's. The three hit it off, but their simple fun ends when Tolen meets Nancy. Colin is jealous but impotent, and Tolen both attracts and repels her. She swoons, wonders what happened, and cries 'rape.' Impish serendipity rubs against unsettling ambiguity; Tolen bolts. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Old Man: Mods and Rockers!
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Not too funny, but well-made and quickly paced enough for a viewing
28 February 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

There's something an odd charm to 60s British mod comedies for me. With only a few exceptions ("A Hard Day's Night" and "Bedazzled" are the only ones coming to mind), none of them are exactly hilarious. Still, there's something inescapably enjoyable about them. Maybe I appreciate them as kitsch, but for some reason I can't get enough of them. Also, they often manage to be abstract and even bordering on surrealism, such as "The Knack and How to Get It". The film isn't very funny, occasionally confusing, and laughably pretentious and dated. Still, its an undeniably well-made and innovative film with several likable characters. The lightning quick pace also helps.

Only Richard Lester could make material such as this work. His direction is remarkably innovative (it seemed to foreshadow the masterpiece "Performance" occasionally) and as mentioned earlier, everything is kept at a very quick pace. Both Rita Tushingham and Michael Crawford give infectious and likable performances, likable enough to sustain the film's length. Michael Crawford isn't as good. While he may have been seen as a real swinger back then, viewed today he comes across as a misogynistic poseur. Also, the sequence where Tushingham accuses Crawford of rape is uncomfortably dated. I enjoy politically incorrect humor, but that was just a bit too much. Still, this is an entertaining example of dated 60s excess. (6/10)


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