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3.0 out of 5 stars OK I Guess, 15 July 2010
This review is from: Come Play With Me Digitally Remastered Special Edition DVD 1977 (DVD)
I first saw this movie back in the late 90s on a satellite channel (you can probably guess which one) - and I thought it was great back then - just only finding out about the iconic Mary Millington made me wonder why there was such fuss over this sex comedy, a pretty rare thing back then in the 70s. After all, nudity in this style was common in Europe, so there wasn't much new.

If you've never seen this before, two gents are trying to escape a mobster and go off to a health spa to hide, but the owner, a surely woman who is a bit stiff upper lipped finds herself employing strippers and prostitutes to deliver health remedies at the manor. The boys soon become enthralled, but soon realise they've bitten off more than they can chew.

This isn't a bad film, but 40 years on it does look rather dated, which you'd expect. It's not as thrilling as it was when I was a teen, there's more cleavage on show now than there ever was back then, and it really doesn't seem that raunchy now. Back then it must have sent the censors into a panic, but now this would just about make it past the 10pm slot on cable TV without a blink of an eye. Mary is great in this, as one of the lead girls, but I really didn't like the blokes in this, they were a bit mucky and made this a bit tasteless - really if it had been more adult it would have been funnier, as it would have been a paradox in a way.

This DVD is nicely remastered too, the sound is crisp - and the picture is more stable than when I saw it on TV. The vibrant colour does make this look newer than it is, and takes away some of the "classic" feel to this feature.

It also has a documentary about Mary Millington - who committed suicide in 1979 when she was going to be sent to prison for making indecent movies. Back then, people like Ben Dover and co would have had a hard time making movies, something the pornographic industry take for granted. The featurette is 41 minutes long, so will please any Mary fans watching this for her.

This is a pretty good package - and is good value considering the price tag, but I would say rent this - as it's really not a film you'd want to see more than once. Definitely one for Mary fans.
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Initial post: 13 Aug 2010 12:22:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2011 12:48:07 GMT
It's famous for being the famous Come Play With Me, isn't it?

Edit: I should have made it clear I DO love Mary Millington, but THIS particular film isn't all that good.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2011 17:01:06 GMT
Its wrong to hate a film for being 'dated'. I love old films. We should stop apologizing for the past, and start applauding it.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2011 12:42:07 GMT
I couldn't agree more - and at the risk of sounding like an updated Leslie Halliwell, the films from the 60s and 70s really WERE better than today's CGI movies.

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 15:34:50 BDT
Dan Smith says:
Good review. The film - and the issues at its heart - obviously has legs as Channel 4 have recycled the title as Come Dine With Me.

Funny how social isolation, loneliness and crime never go out of fashion.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2012 14:28:31 BDT
LOL though I like to watch Come Dine With Me just to laugh at the narrator.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2012 12:08:30 BDT
Dan Smith says:
Yes, Dave Lamb's a very funny commentator.
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