Mary Poppins Returns
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| Fresh (19)
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| DVD (1)
[Mansfield] constantly catches you off guard. She's this unabashedly crude movie's bleached-blond heart and soul.
In converting the stageplay Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? to his purposes, Frank Tashlin turns out a vastly amusing comedy.
[Tashlin], as the writer, producer and director of the film, has let it go mushy and sprawling even more than the original play of George Axelrod.
The not inconsiderable charms of Jayne Mansfield are much to the fore, but it's Randall's performance as timid advertising executive Rockwell Hunter that holds the whole thing together.
Tashlin had a huge stylistic impact on the New Wave. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, his greatest film, is the template for Godard's bold use of primary colors and 'Scope in the 60s.
Zingy satire of the business world also boasts long takes and creative staging.
"...it's not the targets that failed to entertain me as much as the way the movie takes aim."
The picture sends up and encapsulates the complacency of the conformist Eisenhower years.
Frank Tashlin never could harmonize his celebratory/critical impulses toward American pop culture, so it comes as no surprise that this is both his funniest and most despairing picture.
Cynical look at America during the 1950s.
True Mansfield vehicle, one of the few.
Frothy, fun comedy with some smart jabs at advertising and fan worship. Tony Randall is a hoot as the suddenly fish out of water main character and Jayne Mansfield, repeating her stage triumph, is a knockout and proves an adapt comedienne. Had she had more roles like this her career at the top might not have been so short. Joan Blondell scores strongly as Jayne's right hand woman.
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