Seen for the first time last night. After 90 minutes, my jaws were hurting not because I laughed out loud during the whole movie, no, simply because I SMILED during the whole film and, believe me or not, that's physically speaking unnatural. Highly recommended.
A great example of a film with no real plot. This party takes a while to get started, since the first half is mostly disconnected mildly amusing gags, but after the dinner, this oyster opens up, revealing a movie with a surprising amount of heart. For most of the party you'll have a smile on your face, and sometimes that's better than occasional laughs. Claudine Longet and Sellers are wonderful. Such a sweet piece.
I love movies that do not have a plot. This is why I love this one despite the unnecessary gags that have been used only to fill the 99 min, only few times they worked well. The two lonely characters and the drunk waiter had more to follow than what we have seen. And this is the only thing that remains after the movie ends. Gags evaporate.
Un indéniable chef-d'oeuvre de la comédie américaine où les gags se suivent à un rythme effréné pour le plus grand plaisir du spectateur, dans la veine des meilleures réalisations d'un metteur en scène, de film en film, jamais décevant... www.cinefiches.com
Just brilliant physical comedy from beginning to end. Sellers best work outside of Being There. Edwards stages each scene beautifully, and its one of his funniest comedies he helmed. Just the way everything builds on top of previous destruction is glorious, and hearkens back to the L&H short film Two Tars in that respect. Essential 60s comedy