A bright satirical comedy about an innocent high school girl granted her wishes by a student prodigy. A broad satire of teenage culture in the sixties, its targets ranging from progressive education to beach movies.
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George Axelrod’s 1966 black comedy about sexual hysteria and the American dream presents a view of southern California that rivals Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust in its savagery and satirical insight.
This movie is completely gonzo! Makes anarchy of the typical teen beach comedy that was so popular at the time. I think Roddy McDowall must have based his portrayal of the Mad Hatter in Batman the Animated series from his role in this film. "Lord Love a Duck" would make an excellent double feature with "The Loved One".
I have no point of reference to make a comparison with this one... It gets a little mean spirited down the stretch, but it still offers up a unique nihilistic view on love and sex. No matter how one feels about the final product, it is worth a watch. Tuesday Weld is outstanding, and Axelrod himself lends an anarchic quality to the film in how bizarre it is.