Movie Mondays- Sex and the Single Girl
Plot ingredients: One sleazy gossip magazine writer, played by Tony Curtis, plans a great cover-worthy story exposing the young and exceedingly pretty psychologist, Natalie Wood, for having no sexual experience, despite the fact that she just published a best selling book called “Sex and the Single Girl.”
Natalie Wood, the pretty and inexperienced psychologist, has got it all together. Although judging by how often she lights up her cigarettes, you realize that she really doesn’t. Especially when Tony Curtis comes strolling into her office, of course.
Tony Curtis, when not spending time with his come-hither girlfriend, will pretend to be a psychologically distressed husband and, of course, seeks out help from Natalie Wood, in an effort to learn more about her for his magazine article.
As supply for the sessions with his Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis borrow’s his neighbor’s marital issues. His neighbors just happen to be Henry Fonda and Lauren Bacall, whose issues stem from the fact that Hank works for a women’s nylon manufacturer, and spends his days examining women’s legs.
I must say, the plot wasn’t as perfectly cliche as I expected it to be, and provided quite a few chuckles and giggles along the way. Of course, the plot is still totally ridiculous. But I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be that way. It took be about halfway through the movie to realize that the humor was meant to be more of a dramatic slapstick style that I had expected, which explained (I hope) Natalie Wood’s overacting and the ridiculous plot elements, such as the high speed car chase at the end.
Oh, and did I mention the obligatory Some Like it Hot reference made by Tony Curtis while wearing a woman’s robe? Oh yes. It happened.
And so, in conclusion, I suppose I recommend this movie if you are a fan of Jerry Lewis type films, and are just in a mood for a chuckle inducing 120 minutes. If you are trying to instill a sense of morals in a person, I wouldn’t recommend watching it with them, though. Yes, even a film from the 1960s. ;)