Oh dear. TWINKY turns out to be one of the most awkward, excruciating, embarrassing movies I've ever sat through, a comedic spin on the LOLITA tale in which a middle-aged novelist (his speciality is erotica, obviously) falls in love with a young school girl. If this sounds dodgy, it really is, especially in our modern times which don't look kindly on such pairings. It doesn't help that the massive age gap is further heightened by the casting of Charles Bronson, who always looked much older than his years, and Susan George playing her character as an immature, hyperactive little girl with the spirit of a 10-year-old.
Bronson certainly plays against type here but he seems bored by the whole experience, and you wish he'd go back to shooting crims instead. George is just irritating - imagine the flawed aspects of her character in STRAW DOGS and play them up times a hundred and you'll be there. A cast of distinguished British character actors are wasted in support, and the mindless script just goes on and on and gets increasingly unfunnier. The weirdest thing is that this was all directed by Richard Donner, who became one of America's top directors a decade later.
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