Two rascally girlfriends, New York City in the early Sixties, and Peter Sellers as frustrated lover: this movie should have been candy, but I couldn’t get over how ridiculously outdated it felt–the music, the “oh golly gees,” the “zany” humor. If I had come across it at the right age, I’m sure I would have loved this movie, but five years after Ghost World, it struck me as unbearably cute. Additional confession: I have very mixed feelings about Peter Sellers. When he’s great, he’s great (Dr. Strangelove, Pink Panther)–but his mannered obnoxiousness can also drive me up the walls, and not in a good way.

The World of Henry Orient. George Roy Hill, 1964. **

[tags]films, 2 stars, nyc, girlfriends, peter sellers, george roy hill, comedy[/tags]