The Knack...And How to Get It (1965)

The Knack...And How to Get It




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In this film, Michael Crawford plays a repressed young teacher who subdivides his flat, allotting one room to his swinging pal Ray Brooks, and renting another room to easily-outraged country lass Rita Tushingham. Through the coaching of Brooks, Crawford is able to make plain his true feelings toward Rita.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Wood, Ann Jellicoe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 17, 2002


as Nancy Jones

as Tolen

as Dress Shop Owner

as Man in Photo Booth

as Female Teacher

as Father

as Blonde in Photo Boot...

as Picture Owner

as Landlady

as Surveyor

as Surveyor's Assistant

as Man in Phone Booth

as Gym Mistress

as Boy in Classroom

as Woman in House

as Unsuitable Customer

as Soldier

as Water Skier

as Water Skier

as Girl on Motorbike

as Female Teacher
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Critic Reviews for The Knack...And How to Get It

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Lester's kooky-fey take on British alienation makes the Carry On movies look like Losey's The Servant

Full Review… | December 28, 2009

Embarrassingly crude and dated Swinging Sixties tale.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Everything about the film feels genuine and uncalculated, and it finally comes across as one joyous celebration of life and of being alive.

Full Review… | November 5, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Knack...And How to Get It


Poor Michael Crawford needs help from his friend to get a girlfriend, at least he thinks he needs help. This movie is pretty funny most of the time, but it's not all that interesting, it's just entertaining.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Lively and extravagant sexual satire. Richard Lester's trademark blend of cinematic anarchism, surrealistic sketches and slap-stick comedy come perfectly in the backdrop of the swinging sixties London and its hedonistic inhabitants: mods and rockers coexisting with hostile hordes of middle-aged squares.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

A quirky film, full of fun and silliness "swinging 60's" style! It has a Benny Hill meets Austin Powers sort of feel to it.
As a fan of Ms. Tushingham I'll admit that my feelings are a little biased, but she is definately the glue here. Though the rest of the cast does a fine job as well.
We were surprised to see several "up and comings stars pop up through out, including several future cast memebers from The Vicar Of Dibley! A very young John Bluthal (Frank) and someone who looked and sounded like a very young Roger Lloyd-Pack (Owen) as one of the (uncredited ?) who heckled Rita from the windows as she passed.
In any case it's a fun little jaunt if you like films that are more style then substance.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

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