There's a Girl in My Soup
Forty something man about town, Robert Danvers (Peter Sellers), is a very lucky man indeed. He has a successful career as a television presenter on a prime time cookery show. He owns a luxurious penthouse situated in a trendy part of
And on top of that, he also has a way with the women that is just tantalising
to the touch. Heck, even his publisher, Andrew Hunter (Tony Britton) likes him!
However, one night, by chance of fate, Robert crosses path a very pretty lady called Marion (Goldie Hawn).
Now, unlike Robert, Marion does not own her own home – she is younger than he is – and, unfortunately for her, her luck with the men is somewhat to be desired, particularly when she finds out that her boyfriend, Jimmy (Nicky Henson), has cheated on her with someone else.
So what do you think happens when Robert and Marion meet up, huh? Well, at first, there encounter is somewhat strained – because
is peculiarly confrontational with Robert, and her ex-boyfriend, Jimmy, is not
too nice to him either. Marion
Nevertheless, over time, both Robert and Marion manage to find some common ground with each other – i.e. nookie – and together, they head on over to
due to a work commitment that Robert has to tender to. France
In France, Marion gets drunk – Robert gets wet – and even when Marion instigates a jovial ploy, insinuating that they are both married, things seems to work out for the best at the end.
Or does it? Because upon there return to
the media find out about Robert and Marion's 'farcical' union, and they broadcasts it for all in sundry
to see. Therefore, that is why what next transpires is a rather sordid affair
all in all – as packs are made – ploy are played – and hearts are broken when a
gambit is relayed. London
Or is it?
Now to paraphrase a quote brandished though out ‘There’s a Girl in My Soup’ by Peter Sellers – my god, this film is lovely. And why is it lovely? Well, for a start, Peter Sellers and Goldie Hawn are in it, and together they really do justice to this film. Peter puts on a show with his debonair performance of a man who loves to penetrate the opposite sex whenever he can. And as for Goldie – sigh – she is just lovely as lovely can be.
Moreover, this movie relays a rather poignant parable concerning the after-effects of the sixties promiscutive society, all filtered through a personal tale relating to two peoples dilemmas, about their own station in life. Just like the Michael Caine film, ‘Alfie’, this film projects the same type of dichotomy that some people had to go though, just so they could realize that ‘shagging around’ does have its drawbacks. Unlike ‘Alfie’ though, it does it with a wry wink at conformity, and an overt pretext that is ‘of it’s time’.
OK, this is not to say that this film is not relatable on a certain level – because it is. However, there are instances within this film, which did manage to confuse me a bit. Initially, the conceit that Peter Seller’s was some sort of a playboy, was difficult for me to swallow at first – because I knew him primarily as a foil to funny films. And subsequently, the decision that Goldie Hawn’s character makes at the end of the film, is kind of confusing to me, because of the way her boyfriend treated her up to that point in time – even if it was left open ended.
Phew! I read a lot, don’t I? So I best conclude this review by saying that ‘There’s A Girl In My Soup’ is a really great film to watch. It’s artistic in places, analytical in others, and overall it is a really funny film, which makes you think, laugh, sigh, and cry. Heck, you even get to see Goldie’s pert ass – so what else do you want, blood?
A must see film for people who love the sixties – as well as a must see film for those people who appreciate songs such as...
THE RATING: A