Sunday, September 27, 2015

Over 18... and Ready! (1969)

Director: Lloyd Allen

Writer: Don Lambert

Composer: John Bath

Starring: Mary McRea, Larry Martinelli, Margo Stevens, Michelle LeGrande, Gary M. Fox, Sylvia Thorne, Herb Henry

More info: IMDb

Plot: A teenage girl sets out to active fame in Hollywood as an actress, only a sleazy producer's wife has other plans for her.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Add this to the checklist of things to avoid...movies that don't have a trailer OR a movie poster to be found online anywhere.  Already on the list is long, drawn out sequence.  This one starts with 4 minutes of driving around Los Angeles.  It's not a bad thing because it's from '69 but when you've got a flick that's only 66 minutes you just know it's only there for filler and nothing else.  The star of the show is Mary McRea (as Lyn).

Lovely plumage.  It takes a while but before long she's having sex with the producer, the producer's wife, the photographer and so on.  Not a bad thing.  The nudity is the best thing about the picture.  Her acting's terrible but she has a lovely smile...and plumage. It turns out this was her first and last film.  The ending is oddly downbeat.  It's cool and all but it feels like it was tossed in to make it edgy.  It wasn't necessary but I'll take it.  The pacing is OK but not even the groovy lounge music could save it.  The film just has a bland way about it, all quiet like, enough to give you the sleepies if you're watching it at night (which I did).  Fortunately you've got Something Weird Video to save the day.  It's on a double feature DVD with ALLEY TRAMP (1969) (a better, more enjoyable and acted picture) and, being as awesome as SWV is, you get 8 trailers and 3 shorts.  The shorts are pretty weak but the trailers are fantastically sleazy, just the way I like 'em.

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