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½ August 13, 2015
It's the wrong group of actors for the various musical numbers, but the film itself is a fun stage play farce set around a hotel. Considering she is nearly 90 in this movie, Mae West plays this no holds barred.
March 29, 2015
Mae West is a pioneer when it comes to women in cinema (on camera AND behind the scenes). This, her final film, is sad. Very very sad. It's an all star extravaganza, and all of the stars manage to completely and totally embarrass themselves. But none worse than Miss Mae herself. Other than "Myra Breckenridge," this was truly her darkest hour. It makes you immediately want to go watch "I'm No Angel" or one of her other classic films. In fact, just go watch "I'm No Angel" or any one of her other classic films and just forget this movie exists. You'll thank me later.
Super Reviewer
½ July 4, 2014
This was no way for Mae West to end her storied career but unfortunately it was the end of the line for her. Simply awful and embarrassing. Even for camp aficionados this will be rough going.
½ September 10, 2013
This is very cheesy yet somehow very entertaining. This does have alot of great cameos by standard 70's comedy stars,along with musicians such as Keith Moon and Alice Cooper. Timothy Dalton also looks like such a babyface in this considering it came out in 1978. Mae West also makes one of her final film appearances along with Keith Moon who both Died shortly after this film. So this is good to just watch before bed that way you don't really miss much and can throw it on as background noise.
½ March 25, 2013
What isn't legitimately funny is ludicrously over the top. You simply can't hate this movie.
Super Reviewer
½ May 5, 2012
The Village People's "Can't Stop the Music" and the Peter Frampton/Bee Gees take on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" draw most of the heat, but "Sextette" deserves equal enshrinement as one of the disco era's ultimate film catastrophes. Mae West essentially plays herself as actress Marlo Manners, humbly introduced as "Hollywood's all-time superstar" and "the greatest sex symbol the screen has ever known." Her list of lovers is even more outrageous than her age-hiding makeup, and she has just married her sixth husband, Sir Michael Barrington (Timothy Dalton, during his hungrier years). She and Michael have retired to their honeymoon suite and are eager to git busy, but the paparazzi (including Regis Philbin and Rona Barrett), ex-husbands (Ringo Starr, Tony Curtis, George Hamilton) and Marlo's entourage (notably Dom De Luise, perhaps the only cast member who comes off well) are a steady obstacle. Songs keep popping up regardless of how loudly you protest, and they aren't even originals except for a pair written by Van "The Hustle" McCoy. Instead you get nuggets such as "Love Will Keep Us Together" (this is why James Bond never sings), "Baby Face," "After You've Gone," the Beatles' "Honey Pie" and "Hooray for Hollywood." Usually with slick, period-dated arrangements.

Awkward subplots feature a world-government conflict that only Marlo can solve (the Jimmy Carter lookalike is a tasteless cringe) and a pink cassette of her memoirs that she paradoxically labors over despite believing it needs to be destroyed. Don't miss the cameos of Keith Moon and Alice Cooper, though. Moon (sadly near death) is a flamboyant costume designer, and an unrecognizable Cooper is a well-groomed waiter who performs the film's only semi-listenable song on piano. Seeing a slimmer De Luise tap-dance is another fun surprise.

West probably deserves some leeway, considering she was eighty-something at the time. It's ludicrous to present herself as a lust object who would drive men like Dalton and Hamilton wild, but she does supply an adequate string of one-liners to swat back obvious set-ups such as "I'll keep a stiff upper lip." Har har. (Actually, one pun about director Ernst Lubitsch is quite clever, and there's also her oft-quoted "...or are you just happy to see me?" quip.)
April 2, 2012
So bad it's good! As if Mae West trying to be a sex bomb wasn't funny enough,she's married to a very young Timothy Dalton. There's loads of cameos from the likes of Ringo Star,George Martin,Alice Cooper and Tony Curtis. Possibly THE campest film ever made.
June 4, 2011
The most appropriate word would be "unfortunate." I give it a star only because West does manage to get in a couple of her classic one-liners, but really, I can think of no good reason for anyone to ever watch this movie. West fans it will depress. Camp fans it will disappoint. Anyone else, it will baffle.
½ April 6, 2011
Sometimes going into a film blind can be a dangerous thing. I knew nothing about Sextette when I popped it in. When I saw the cast that was in this I thought it wouldn't be too bad. It even has Alice Cooper in it although you'd be hard pressed to recognize him. Mae West is far past her prime but still delivers the double entendres that that actually are the best part. Love the line 'Im the girl who works @ Paramount & Fox all night'. The truly horrible part (& there is a lot of bad here) is that it is a musical & the numbers are just fucking terrible. There's even a rendition of Captain & Tennille's Love Will Keep Us together...Fucking brutal
½ March 9, 2010
Depressing in a unique way; virtually without redeeming features, and guilty of almost every sin a film could be capable of. As a comedy, it's disastrously unfunny, with bawdy jokes and puns delivered badly by an embarrassed cast. As a musical, it features songs which are either bad, badly sung, or unmemorable, and most are done with a Disco flavor; that blandest of musical styles only adds to the pain, not helped by the fact that Ringo Starr AND Keith Moon both appear, but make no musical contributions (although Moon's small role is one of the few high points). As a SEX comedy, the age of its star (West was 85, and 53 years older than Timothy Dalton, who plays her new husband), along with her poor appearance (she is always shot in soft focus, which helps little), pose an obstacle the film cannot remotely overcome. Mae West's performance ranges from dreary (she doesn't give her lines much flair) to the indifferent, as she often seems bored by what she is doing. Given that the film is a vanity project for her (the public response to her sixth marriage is absurdly enthusiastic), the end result is particularly dire. Timothy Dalton has a few mildly amusing scenes wherein his upper-class-twit upbringing is misinterpreted as homosexual activity; Dom DeLuise, sad to say, is neither funny, nor can he sing, as his rendition of "Honey Pie" proves. Ringo Starr and Tony Curtis make no impression at all, which is perhaps what they intended; however, Keith Moon has a funny small role as a flamboyant fashion designer, and he briefly gives the picture some life. Not so for George Hamilton, who plays an absurdly stereotypical gangster, who is awkwardly crammed into the non-plot; he is too embarrassing to be funny. Ken Hughes' direction is anonymous, which is more than can be said for the script, which is chock-full of dialogue which is both embarrassing (West's final line: "The British are coming!") and nonsensical. What I have not yet mentioned is the wretchedly drab style of the film; it is as drearily glossy as the worst 70s soap opera, and it could not have looked good on the big screen. The musical numbers are flatly staged, and the supposedly opulent hotel where the film takes place looks mostly like a set; it is, to put it briefly, bad all around. As a piece of so-bad-it's-good camp, it has its virtues, but all others stay away.
½ January 17, 2010
Has to be seen to be believed- an 84 yr old Mae West stars in a disco musical about her marriage to Timothy Dalton (34 at the time) featuring cameos from various bizarro big names like Keith Moon and Ringo Starr. Camp isn't in it- this is like a brain haemorrhage of silly, but there's enough unintentionally hilarious moments to keep the paper-thin, ludicrous 'plot' from having you want to rip your own head off.

This movie only just manages to stay on the right side of the so bad it's good line. You do have to hand it to her though- most people can barely stand at that age or are in the ravages of dementia. And whilst she was basically a cartoon of the cartoon of herself she made her name with at this point, I think she was having fun.

So, not quite badtastic but if you like camp and kitsch you should probably watch this film.
December 3, 2009
This movie is enjoyably bad. From the corny opening song going "Marlo!" to bad singing from Dom DeLuise and Timothy Dalton, it's laughingly bad!
½ October 22, 2009
* (out of four)

Mae West is WAY past her prime in this sex comedy, her final film. She plays an over the hill movie star who has just married once again. She hopes to consumate the marriage, but gets interrupted constantly by gymnasts, musclemen, media, fans etc.

At 87 West just seems creepy in the part and the famous lines just don't have the same flare.
½ October 20, 2009
Oh Mae West honey, the movies plot is funny and could have worked in the 30's-40''s, but here its almost mockery. It should't have been made
½ September 26, 2009
Wow this is high on the list of worst movies ever! Worth it for Keith Moon's cameo as well as Timothy Dalton singing Love Will Keep Us Together and Dom DeLouise singing Honey Pie! Weird weird weird!
April 25, 2009
So awful and really hard to watch. Mae West was in her 80s when she made this and she is still doing all the jokes she was doing in the 30s. Also disgusting is the fact that every guy in this movie falls all over themselves trying to please her and try to get her in bed. The fact that she looks like a mummy doesn't matter. Everyone embarrasses themselves but Keith Moon wins just because he doesn't look like he knows what he is doing.
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