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We love you Henry, oh, yes we do...
on 31 August 2008
14-year olds Val and Gil are both new at their posh school and become instant best friends. They fantasize about falling in love and talk endlessly about their crushes. The girls are currently obsessed with the dashing concert pianist Henry Orient, so much so that they follow him all over New York City. Mr. Orient finds this quite annoying as he spends most of his time romancing married women.
This movie was popular in 1964, but hasn't aged well. Back then, 14-year olds wore crinoline dresses and ankle socks and grown-ups dressed to the nines. Today, sweet Val and Gil look like they're from another planet and the adults sitting around in pearls and hats do, too. Despite the title, the movie isn't about Peter Sellers' character, Henry Orient; in fact, his is a relatively small role and he never really gets a chance to shine or connect with the audience. Merrie Spaeth and Tippy Walker play the girls who cheerfully stalk their idol, and their friendship and relationships with their parents make up the plot. The girls are wholesome and natural. Angela Landsbury is good as Val's cold and creepy mother.
This is a movie made for reminiscing about the good old days; it's a gentle family movie from another era that may leave young people scratching their heads and older people smiling. 3.5 stars.