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Dr. Richard Thorndyke arrives as new administrator of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous to discover some suspicious goings-on. When he's framed for murder, Dr. Thorndyke must confront his own psychiatric condition, "high anxiety," in order to clear his name. An homage to the films of Alfred Hitchcock; contains many parodies of famous Hitchcock scenes from THE BIRDS, PSYCHO, and VERTIGO. Written by
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"High Anxiety" is certainly not a dislikable film; it's too good-natured for that. But, unfortunately, there is much more good-naturedness that inspiration here. The pacing is slack and lazy; an early Woody Allen comedy, like "Play It Again, Sam" or "Bananas", is about ten times faster - and funnier. Let's face it: lines like "I got it! I got it! I haven't got it!" aren't particularly funny the first time you hear them, and get rather irritating the fourth or fifth time. The film does have its bright moments (the sequence that parodies Hitchcock's "The Birds" is probably the funniest) and a pleasant comic tone, but, generally, it's a misfire.
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