We need more directors willing to take risks with films like Get Out.
I have a certain difficulty watching Rita Tushingharn in a movie, being generally distracted by my subconscious proposals of marriage to her. She is probably the most appealing young actress in the movies, and those who think she's an ugly duckling have never seen a swan.
In "Smashing Time," Miss Tushingham is paired with Lynn Redgrave, whose only previous role was as a genuine ugly duckling and fake swan in "Georgy Girl." They play a couple of naive girls from the provinces who read the teen-age pop magazines, memorize square "with it" phrases like "with it," and decide to go to swinging London and capture the mod world by storm.
This provides director Desmond Davis with an excuse to conduct the girls on a virtual sight-seeing trip of London, which he does without any apology. We see Carnaby St., Clapham Junction, Piccadilly Circus, the Post Office Tower, and so many mod boutiques and bizarre discotheques that we begin to wish that Caesar had pushed the Saxons into the sea.
Although the attempt to cover swinging London quickly becomes tiresome, there are several scenes so funny that they redeem the movie. Miss Tushingharn innocently begins a riot in a fish and chips shop, in which the weapons are spray cans of paint, shaving cream, deodorant and fertilizer. This is a preliminary to a really fine pie fight initiated by Miss Redgrave in a pie shop.
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