Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
In the '70s there were many successful satirical soft porn comedies in THE GROOVE TUBE vein, but this early forerunner is a flop. For nostalgia value alone it's available from Something Weird.
Writer-producer Edward Everitt (variable spellings of his moniker exist) is an enigma: he is associated with many hardcore porn efforts decades later, but also created a superior roughie TEEN-AGE JAIL BAIT. This time he strikes out.
With some lame comics on hand, we witness spoofs of early '60s TV series like BEN CASEY, COMBAT and NAKED CITY. Reminiscent of ancient, tired burlesque sketches, there are pretty girls hanging around, with decolletage and occasional dollops of toplessness, to give the fans a cheap thrill.
Nothing intrinsically wrong with this, but featuring stupid puns of the "Nosy Costra", "Ben Crazy" variety it simply isn't funny. Best pulchritude comes with busty bathing beauties during the COMBAT sketch, and quotable dialogue is a cigarette commercial blaring out the message: "Remember folks, cancer is good for you". No one could accuse filmmaker EE of subtlety.
The silliness of these early porn efforts is hard to get used to. Here the roadblock is a particularly dumb narrative strand, where the largely MOS film is structured in voice-over by a four-leaf-clover who is neurotic and feels unlucky, having adventures in Hollywood. Not exactly high concept.
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