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Dating: Do's and Don'ts (1949)

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Woody is given an extra ticket for the school carnival, and since he has been lusting after the virginal Ann for quite some time, decides to ask her to go with him. However, despite--or ... See full summary »

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Woody is given an extra ticket for the school carnival, and since he has been lusting after the virginal Ann for quite some time, decides to ask her to go with him. However, despite--or possibly because of--his name, poor Woody hasn't the slightest idea of what to do on a date. The narrator, who unfortunately for Woody has Ann's best interests at heart, takes him through several situations that may come up on the date, and gives him instructions on what to do for whatever may arise, thereby ensuring that Ann remains untouched by human hands and that Woody remains frustrated and horny. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Funny
26 October 2004 | by (Maidstone, Kent, England) – See all my reviews

Again, much like 'Are you popular?' this is funny stuff. Obviously it wasn't intended to be amusing when it was made back then - but then I find it hard to believe that even kids and teenagers who saw this when it came out took it completely seriously. Things haven't changed that much - this is very polite but 'the man,' 'the nanny state' or whatever you want to call it, is still trying to control and 'advise' teenagers. It's all just about sex - and making sure that purity and abstinence are values that teens aspire to.

I have to say I love the scene when they say goodbye - three possible scenarios are given. It isn't until the last one that it's 'just right.' It completely reminds me of a 1950s teen version of the fairytale/fable 'Goldilocks and the three bears.'

Funny, not particularly effective and very, very kitsch.


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