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      Au Pair Girls

      R 1972 1h 25m Comedy List
      Reviews 30% Audience Score 500+ Ratings British filmmaker Val Guest made this spoof, better known in the U.S. as "The Young Playmates.". Read More Read Less

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      Mattie Lucas From the Front Row Undeniably goofy, and almost laughably dated, but that actually adds to its appeal. There's just something about its carefree 70s kitsch that is hard to resist. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 6, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Leering British sex romp makes absolutely no sense at all. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Starts very bawdy, but gets milder with this and its comedy as it goes along. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Curiosity regarding memories of seeing posters for this when it came out back in the early 70's when I was just 13 made me watch this even though I knew what it would be like just by the cast and premise. To say it is a dud of the first order is an understatement. It is somewhat surprising to find Val Guest's name as director, because even though he is not in the top echelons of his profession, his films were never as smutty and childish as this. The humour is of the sixth form schoolboy type and it is also surprising to see names like Rosalie Crutchley and Geoffrey Bayldon participating. It's all tiresomely juvenile without any redeeming qualities and my curiosity satiated I can now replace the curiosity of a young boy into one of the many (although a lot lesser) disappointments one experiences as an older man. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member The Ricky Strange concert was immortal. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review eric b This horrible sex comedy has an unintentionally hilarious first half, as a relentlessly bouncy score pounds into the viewer's head with nagging tastelessness. Imagine a jaunty romp like Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" weaving in and out of a film for a half hour -- you either tear your hair out or just start laughing at the absurdity. "They come from here, they come from there/No matter where they may come from, they're always welcome everywhere...AU PAIR! With swinging hips and swinging hair, they add a dream to the swinging scene every fellow needs to share...AU PAIR!" Unfortunately, the film turns much duller once it settles down -- particularly a dreary subplot about the seduction of a rich, pampered innocent. The other three au-pair tales are only a smidge more engaging, but fear not -- in the end, the girls come together to be whisked away for a lifetime as a sheik's mindless sex slaves. Hooray for happy endings! Streamable on Netflix (as if anyone could be bothered to rent the DVD of something like this). Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The "saucy" misadventures of four au pairs who arrive in London on the same day in the early 1970s. There's a Swedish girl, a Danish, a German and a Chinese. The story contrives to get the clothes off all of them, involve them in some Carry On-type humour and couple them with various misfits from the British film and TV culture of the time, including Man About the House star Richard O'Sullivan, future Coronation Street rogue Johnny Briggs and horror film stalwart Ferdy Mayne (playing a sheik). There's a pretty risqué amount of female nudity on display, for those who like that kind of thing (but obviously nothing hardcore). Most of the film is pretty thin and inconsequential; the girls are stereotypes, and German Anita especially suffers from some kind of infantalising disorder - she's a moron obsessed with colour TV who acts like a kind of uninhibited child & dresses to deliberately show her private parts; in another more serious film, she would be a psychiatric case. The most interesting section of the film involves the Swedish girl being taken to a club in London where some dodgy types are still trying to swing, being seduced by a middle-aged rocker, losing her virginity and realising that the scene is not for her. These sequences have some energy in them and point to a more intriguing film than we've ended up with, in which promiscuity and the dregs of the music business and upper classes live soulless and seedy lives (there's a fine turn by John Standing as an impotent public school roué). The strangest of the stories has the Chinese girl (future cannibal film veteran Me Me Lay) getting off with her childish piano prodigy employer, falling mutually in love with and then leaving in the middle of the night for no good reason at all, except some orientalist notion that "Chinese birds are inscrutable, ain't they?!" The film is pretty demeaning to its women characters and there's a smattering of homophobia in the dialogue and one of the characterisations. The end is striking, as Mayne's sheik for no earthly reason (except they have to end the film somehow) whisks all of the girls away to his Arab kingdom for what looks to all the world like a future in the white slave trade, which they are all delighted about. Stuff and nonsense for the most part then, but directed with a fair amount of skill by veteran Val Guest, which puts it as a piece of film-making a notch above most of the 70s Brit sexploitation flicks. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis British filmmaker Val Guest made this spoof, better known in the U.S. as "The Young Playmates.".
      Val Guest
      Production Co
      Tigon Pictures
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 1, 2016
      1h 25m