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The Knack... and How to Get It

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

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1965 Wide

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Colin (Michael Crawford, who much later won a Tony Award for his role in Broadway's Phantom of the Opera) is an uptight schoolteacher whose housemate, Tolen (Ray Brooks) is a consummate womanizer. Colin imagines a long line of young women in tight white sweaters on his stairwell, waiting to get into Tolen's room. Jealous of Tolen's incredible success with the ladies, Colin asks Tolen for advice on how to get a girl. When Tolen's advice doesn't seem very practical, Colin decides that his first

Sep 17, 2002

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2) | DVD (2)

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

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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Embarrassingly crude and dated Swinging Sixties tale.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Everything about the film feels genuine and uncalculated, and it finally comes across as one joyous celebration of life and of being alive.

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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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.
December 6, 2010
ajv2688

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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.
November 30, 2010
pier007

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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.
May 5, 2009
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Robert C

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A group of young adults learn about love, life and fun in Black & White 1965 London. Tolen is a womanizer. Rita Tushingham is a woman. We also have good Colin and Tom. The dialogue is snappy and wild, often interjected with comments on the side by random citizens. The scenes where they're pushing a bed through the streets is amazing. The 60's swinging music makes this movie so much more more. Each major character has realized something by the end of the adventure. It's charming stuff.
July 11, 2007
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