What's New Pussycat

What's New Pussycat

DVD - 2005
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A 'zany blend of slapstick gags and madcap comedy' this hilarious romp, starring Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, and Woody Allen in his acting and screenwriting debut, is the wildest, wackiest film to emerge from the swingin' 60's.

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mswrite
Feb 25, 2016

I was about to say you don't have to be stoned to enjoy "What's New Pussycat?" but it would help. But...nah. It probably wouldn't.
But you do, I think, have to be in a certain mood or frame of mind to enjoy the jokes (even when they misfire) and slapstick proceedings, not to mention the bizarre sight of Peter Sellers in denim jeans and a Dutch Boy wig.
When I'm in the mood to watch this movie, I get a kick out of almost everything about it: the dynamic Tom Jones vocal of the Bacharach-David title song ; Peter O'Toole's bemused turn as Ladies' Man Michael James, honestly trying (well, most of the time) yet having hilarious difficulty staying out of trouble; O'Toole's cameo encounter with an amused Richard Burton; and the various femme fatales--principally Ursula Andress, Capucine and Paula Prentiss--who bedevil Michael's efforts to stay faithful to the charming and increasingly exasperated Romy Schneider.
Bacharach-David muse Dionne Warwick sings the poignant "Here I Am" over a tenderly silly would-be seduction scene involving Schneider and Woody Allen, who wrote the script and plays O'Toole's hapless buddy.
Dated in the way many sixties sex comedies are dated, but an entertaining time capsule nevertheless. Sellers is particularly funny, delivering Woody's lunatic dialogue with demented aplomb. ("As my father, the most beloved gynecologist in Vienna, said as they led him away on a morals charge...")
Fun trivia alert:Woody Allen based the character of Michael James on Hollywood Lothario Extraordinaire--as he was then--Warren Beatty, who was offered the role but wisely turned it down.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 03, 2015

Meow?.... After watching 1965's "What's New, Pussycat?" ("WNP?", for short), which has often been so smugly touted as being the absolute epitome of the "Swinging 60s", I am now thoroughly convinced that that particular era in pop culture history was, in reality, a total farce.

To say that "WNP?" actually turned out to be even worse than I had at first imagined would truly be an understatement. In fact, "WNP?" was purr-fectly awful for the most part.

Not only was Peter Sellers (wearing an effeminate, stupid-looking wig) completely asinine as the lecherous psychiatrist, Fritz Fassbender - But, Woody Allen's screenplay (his first) was filled to overflowing with a humongous dung-heap of misfired gags and one-liners that were, literally, so funny that I forgot to laugh.

To be honest - "WNP?'s" opening sequence actually did show some really promising potential. But once the story stepped beyond this point it got itself so annoyingly bogged down with one of the most demented "on-again/off-again" relationships between a man and a woman ever conceived in movie history.

With its almost-unbearable 2-hour running time, "WNP?" not only repeatedly cried out for some serious editing, but it also begged for some major story reconstruction, as well.

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