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The Impossible Years (1968)

The eldest daughter of a Professor of Psychology at a large conservative university causes havoc, and great embarrassment, for her father with her free-willed and uninhibited lifestyle.

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Jonathan Kingsley
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Alice Kingsley
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Richard Merrick
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Dr. Herbert Fleischer
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Linda Kingsley
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Bartholmew Smuts
John Harding ...
Dean Harvey Rockwell
Rich Chalet ...
Freddie Fleischer
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Andy McClaine
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Abbey Kingsley
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Dr. Elliot Fish
Louise Lorimer ...
Mrs. Celia Fish
Karen Norris ...
Mrs. Rockwell
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Miss Hammer
Trudi Ames ...
Francine
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The eldest daughter of a Professor of Psychology at a large conservative university causes havoc, and great embarrassment, for her father with her free-willed and uninhibited lifestyle.

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The Battle of the Ages! The Undergraduates vs. The Over-Thirties!

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5 December 1968 (USA)  »

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A Minha Filha é Um Problema  »

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Christina Ferrare is a co-host on Hallmark's, "Home & Family" television show. See more »

Goofs

Abbey (Darleen Carr) sits on the stairs to watch the confrontation between her father and the three boys he plans to question about their relationship with her sister. Her mother orders her out to the pool, and just as she does so, the shadow of the boom microphone passes over the banister behind Abbey. See more »

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Linda Kingsley: [her parents are trying to get her to clean up her very messy room] How can you make such a big deal out of one little messy room when this whole world is flying apart? Crime on the streets! Strontium-90 in our milk! Push-button warfare! Why, do you realize that at any moment, we might be *blasted* off the face of this earth?
Jonathan Kingsley: All right. So we'll be blasted. But when we are, you are going with a clean room!
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Referenced in Home & Family: Episode dated 15 February 2013 (2013) See more »

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The Impossible Years
Words and Music by The Tokens
Sung by The Cowsills
Courtesy of MGM Records
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19 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In almost every decade, Hollywood produces films that threaten to explore important issues of their day, including changes in gender roles. And most of those films are bits of fluff. Many of these films also promise--with their trailers--to titillate. Consider the films of Doris Day and Rock Hudson. With a title like "Pillow Talk", the viewer might reasonably expect two people talking in the same room. Or how about those split screens that suggest a couple simultaneously in a bathtub.

In 1968 there were plenty social movements to tackle--the war, race relations, sexual empowerment. "The Impossible Years" is the story of a teenage girl whose sexual experience is the concern of her parents. Like other films, it nibbles around the edges of the topic with occasional "edgy" moments like mentioning that she's now a "C cup".

But this is s comedy and no real issues must interfere with the wackiness. Unfortunately, this film (like most of its time) comes from the Erma Bombeck school of comedy--a slapstick style that takes farce and reduces it merely to scenes of bedlam. People trip, they swing things at each other, they slam doors.

The opening credits are accompanied by the eponymous song by The Cowsills--an unfortunate pairing. I like The Cowsills. Their version of "Hair" is catchy and evokes the time period. But they also sang the theme song for "Love American Style", which also was a catchy tune, but here it forms a thematic bridge between that pseudo-titillating series about romantic relationships and this film, further reminding the viewer that he can expect nothing but pap and silliness.

Even David Niven as the father cannot save the film from its mediocrity. He represents the older generation and father and daughter are meant to talk past each other more than to each other.


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