What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)

What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)

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In this comedy, New York City undergoes a dramatic change when a toucan carrying a virus is smuggled through customs. In those it infects, the virus causes an intense euphoria and a desire to do good. The Big Apple goes into an economic tailspin as its residents become deliriously happy.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
Universal

Cast

John McMartin
as The Mayor
Dom DeLuise
as J. Gardner Monroe
Don Stroud
as Barney
Charles Lane
as Dr. Shapiro
Jeanne Arnold
as Gertrude
Morty Gunty
as Sgt. Gunty
George Furth
as Murgatroyd
Monty Gunty
as Sgt. Gunty
Joe Ponazecki
as Officer Ponazecki
Frank Campanella
as Capt. Wallace
Emily Yancy
as Sybil
Joey Faye
as Zookeeper
Thelma Ritter
as Mrs. Schwartz
Arny Freeman
as First Mate
Martin O'Hara
as TV Newscaster
Gillian Spencer
as The Sack
Robert Moore
as Board Member
Marc Seaton
as Man in Pad
Victoria Racimo
as Woman in Pad
Mina Kolb
as Woman in Pad
Peter Turgeon
as Security Expert
Kay Turner
as Woman in Pad
Bob Kaliban
as Junior Executive
Hugh Franklin
as Park Commissioner Williams
Jara Kohout
as Soviet Delegate
Barbara Minkus
as Harriet
Salem Ludwig
as Witter
Franklin Cover
as Medical Expert
Tom Ahearne
as Brady
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½

"What's So Bad About Feeling Good?" has a title that reeks of mediocre gimmickry, and indeed this film is more than a little silly. A mysterious toucan carrying a virus that causes delirious happiness comes to New York via a Greek freight boat. Its first local stop is a cynical beatnik pad, where dropped-out longhairs (led by the miscast George Peppard and Mary Tyler Moore) eternally scowl about the hopelessness of metropolitan life. (You'll want to see Moore, a couple of years before superstardom, gamely singing a free-form guitar lament with lines like "I find peace of mind in the theory/That true existence is dreary.") The bird works its magic -- personality transformations are signaled with a none-too-subtle "boing" sound -- and soon the gang is merrily dancing arm in arm on the roof. From there, they conspire to spread the bug around town, and soon the frazzled mayor is worried about the loss of city revenue (reduced smoking and drinking mean less sales tax, you see). Eventually, he calls in a flamboyant government agent (Dom Deluise, who has the film's best part) to solve the problem. "What's So Bad" has some cute moments (several involve "The Sack," an unnamed girl who protests the world by hiding in a burlap bag), but the stodgy script isn't sharp enough to have any real satirical bite. The beatnik characterizations feel outdated in the time of peace-and-love hippies, and the leads' initial euphoria quickly fades to a bland, status-quo conformity that isn't consistent with the infection's established pathology. Moore and Peppard get haircuts and polish their wardrobes, and soon pass for casually "normal." They even turn stressed and neurotic when trying to hide the bird from the authorities. Wait, weren't they supposed to be irrationally happy? By the end, the film's mixed message seems more about frowning on deviant values than preaching the virtues of good cheer.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

½

goofy but sweetly good natured

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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