MOVIE REVIEW: I Love You Alice B. Toklas- 1969
Uptight Jewish lawyer Harold Fine is becoming bored with his seemingly perfect life and his overbearing mother (Jo Van Fleet) adds to the conflict. Harold finally gives into marrying his girlfriend/secretary Joyce (Joyce Van Patten) and together they set a wedding date. After learning of the death of a family friend, Harold agrees to take his hippie brother Herbie (David Arkin)and his flower child girlfriend Nancy (Leigh Taylor-Young) to the funeral. After the funeral, Harold picks up a hitchhiking Nancy and agrees to let her stay at his home for the evening. Realizing that he is in love with Nancy, he flees from his wedding ceremony. Harold ditches his boring life in favor of living the hippie counterculture lifestyle with Nancy, leaving poor Joyce heartbroken. Will Harold Fine becoming another hippie dropout or will he finally see the light and go back to his comfort zone with Joyce and Mommy? No more spoilers from me y'all!
Peter Sellers was the man! With the exception of the Pink Panther films, I loved all his other movies and this one happens to be my favorite. The tainted brownie scene cracks me up every time. This is a hilarious story of a man going through a mid-life crisis. I think a lot of people actually feared the hippie movement because they didn't understand it and this film captured that sentiment. Peter played Harold Fine very low key, unlike his Inspector Clousseau role in the Pink Panther films. His transformation from uptight lawyer to hippie is laughable and very cliche'. Leigh-Taylor Young is absolutely breathtaking as free-spirited Nancy, possessing both innocence and sex appeal. Jo Van Fleet playing Harold's mother steals every scene...she's a riot! The shots of 1960's LA and Venice Beach are eyecatching. I also love the requisite lava lamps, psychedelic colors, and wacky clothing that are hippie movie staples. There are some politically incorrect words and scenes which makes this feel a bit dated but it's nothing too serious. This film contains suggested nudity and drug use.
VERDICT: 4 Soul Claps
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