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Getting It Right (1989)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 5 May 1989 (USA)
Gavin is 31 years old and still lives with his parents. He is awfully shy but before he knows it there are three women interested in him. Lady Minerva Munday has a casual way of life and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gavin Lamb
Pat Heywood ...
Mrs. Lamb
Bryan Pringle ...
Mr. Lamb
Richard Huw ...
Sir Gordon Munday
Mr. Adrian
Ian Redford ...
Kevin Drinkwater ...
Rupert Holliday-Evans ...
June Ellis ...
Mrs. Wagstaffe


Gavin is 31 years old and still lives with his parents. He is awfully shy but before he knows it there are three women interested in him. Lady Minerva Munday has a casual way of life and lives in a basement, Joan is an over-sexed millionairess, married to a Greek architect. But Gavin prefers the ugly assistant in the barbershop. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A modern comedy for all of those who have been getting it wrong. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

5 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Atribulações de um Virgem  »

Box Office


$960,385 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Gavin: My mum says she's worth her weight in gold.
Jenny: Ooh, in that case, she must be very valuable indeed.
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(excerpt from)
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by the Chorus and Orchestra of the Sofia National Opera
Conducted by Ivan Marinov
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A Surprisingly Delightful and Charming British Romantic Comedy
9 January 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Gavin Lamb (Jesse Birdsall) is a shy, sensitive and virgin hair cutter, completely dominated by his mother, and working in a salon in London, having Jenny (Jane Horrocks) as his assistant. When he is thirty-one years old, he meets three women that changes his life and behavior: the older (and very gorgeous) one, Joan (Lynn Redgrave), with whom he has his first sexual relation and learns about sex; the other one, the rebel and selfish Lady Minerva Munday (Helena Bonham Carter), with whom he learns to think about his feelings first and be less indulgent with other persons; and Jenny, who he starts seeing with different eyes and for whom he falls in love. The story is a surprisingly good romance, with excellent direction and performance of the whole cast and a very tight screenplay. The story is not corny, but delightful and charming. The humor is too British, and sometimes is not funny or does not make much sense for a Brazilian, but anyway it is always classy and enjoyable. One problem in my country is the commercial title adopted by the distributors. The Brazilian title of `Getting It Right' is `Minha Primeira Transa' (the translation would be `My First Shag'). This title is very vulgar and does not correspond to the reality of such elegant, sensitive and touching romance. Therefore, it reaches a public totally different from the original target. Conclusion: persons whom wants to see `My First Shag' get disappointed, and persons with my profile, that would appreciate this romance, do not get even close to the film in the rental or the store. They certainly will associate this movie with `Porky's', `American Pie' and others of the same genre. Since the end of June I am including a comment in IMDB of each movie that I watch. Some friends of mine, also users of this marvelous site, have requested me to include the Brazilian title in my comments to facilitate them to find the subjected film. If IMDB direction has no objection, I am going to include the Brazilian title in Portuguese (with a free translation to English) in the end of my comments from now on for reference only. Concluding my comments of `Getting It Right', my vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `Minha Primeira Transa' (`My First Shag')

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