The Lickerish Quartet (1970)

The Lickerish Quartet


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Though the Italian Erotic Illusion would seem to encourage family togetherness, it certainly doesn't advocate "family values." A mother, father and son warm up the TV and watch a porn film. Each of the viewers becomes obsessed with the film's gorgeous leading lady. And each begins indulging in his or her own sexual fantasies. One sourcebook describes Erotic Illusion with a single word: "weird." We'll go along with that.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy, Adult
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Written By: Michael De Forrest
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On DVD: Apr 26, 2005


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Critic Reviews for The Lickerish Quartet

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | December 3, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Radley Metzger's witty softcore arabesque

Full Review… | January 15, 2012

You could describe this delirious erotic fantasy as a stag film reworking of Teorema as directed by Alain Resnais.

Full Review… | August 21, 2011
Turner Classic Movies Online

All of this makes for a fascinating viewing experience, a treat for both the mind and the body.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for The Lickerish Quartet

Now THIS is how you make an erotic film. Beautiful cinematography, an intriguing storyline with fantastic aspects to it and a very sparse use of overt sexuality. I really dug this one. It's quite existential and also a very beautiful film.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

If there is such a thing as highbrow smut, this is it. A wealthy middle-aged couple gets their kicks from watching stag films with their teenage son (n-i-i-ice) and provide MST3K-style commentary 20 years BEFORE there was a Satellite of Love. When attending a local carnival, they think the female motorcyclist is one of the girls from the latest film, so they invite her back to their estate. Whatever they were expecting to happen goes off the rails and down the rabbit hole. Flashbacks, flash-forwards, flash-upside-downs, films-within-films, and a whole smorgasbord of surrealism takes hold. An instruction manual for jet engine repair written in Chinese would be easier to make sense of than this story, but hopefully that's the intention. There's enough consistent weirdness happening that I couldn't turn it off even through the slower bits, and at best it's a Kia going uphill. Mystery girl Silvana Venturelli looks amazingly similar to model Vendela which I count as a plus, but the son's horrible acting and Eric Forman hair warrant a minus. Here's a single-line alliterative review: backseat Bunuel with boobs.

Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer

Surrealistic, giallo-like erotica (without the gore) that actually deserves multiple watches due to its symbolism. Ultimately leaving one with the message that life is a stage and all of us but players on it.

Jeff B

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