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Star Spangled Girl (1971)

A pair of 60's hippies fall in love with the girl next door, who is exactly the kind of square that they are fighting against.

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A pair of 60's hippies fall in love with the girl next door, who is exactly the kind of square that they are fighting against.

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I may be provincial and old-fashioned. I may believe in a lot of dead things like patriotism and the Constitution, and I like apple pie, because that's the dumb way I was brought up, and that's the dumb way I feel! See more »

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Neil Simon once said of his stage-version of this film: "Star Spangled Girl is clearly and simply a failure, as far as I'm concerned". In a 'New York Times' article published on 25th February 1966, entitled "Life for Simon - Not That Simple", Simon was asked whether "Star-Spangled Girl" would have been better with 'Mike Nichols' directing it on Broadway, Simon replied: "Yes. He would have given the actors a different attitude; we would have gone much more for reality than the superficial comedy that came out. That's not to knock George Axelrod . . . He couldn't do it because he was busy with 'Virginia Woolf' but it isn't true that he advised me not to do it; as a matter of fact he came to Philadelphia, and he liked it. He gave me some advice on it which helped". Simon also has said of the play: "I blocked out my integrity and settled for a night of fun". See more »

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Andy Hobart: She has the native intelligence of a very remote country.
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References Flipper (1963) See more »

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Written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
Performed by Davy Jones
recording supervised by Jackie Mills
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A time waster, but appealing.
14 December 2010 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Sandy Duncan exchanges verbal jabs with Susman and Roberts in a film that doesn't much other than urge a weak grin on the viewers face. The dialogue is over done, marginally self referencing, and dated. It felt like Neil Simon was trying to stick with the times as American culture was transforming, but wound up dating himself.

It's not a bad film as such, but showcases a kind of self indulgent nature by the theatre elite who want more to show their abilities for the sake of it. Not a bad aim, but it does get somewhat tiring.

I think one of the key things about this film is that there isn't too much umph. And it could be because Simon is slightly out of his element here, writing about a place he wants to be part of, but is wholly unfamiliar with. Ergo we get quick witted Southern California characters with New York sensibilities, when their social extraction is Manhattan beach, and not Manhattan itself.

Still, it has a certain charm, even if the characters are reluctant fish out of water via Simon's writing. Southern California doesn't bother with lots of well educated verbiage loaded with political references, but more rather how life can be easier, and is not to be taken too seriously. So it is with the LA metroplex with lots of petty desires and image seeking. So it is that Simon misses the mark with this play set in such a milieu, and so it is that Star Spangled Girl remains an interesting experiment.

See it once.


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