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I Love You Alice B. Toklas back to product details

"I'm So Hip It Hurts!"
written by ZenBones May 9, 2006 - 10:51 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Peter Sellers is a nice Jewish guy who is soon to be wed to a nice Jewish lady. He is the model son and model citizen... until he meets up with his hippie brother's girlfriend and her penchant for making "Alice B. Toklas Brownies" (brownies laced with hashish). Sellers goes through the complete head trip, becoming a full-fledged, certifiable flower child. He quits his successful career as an attorney, leaves his sobbing bride at the altar, and moves into his station wagon with his brother's girlfriend [being that his brother is a hippie he's of course very "modern" and understanding about this].

This movie is dated but that's why I love it. It serves as a perfect time capsule, showing the mainstream - but just a little bit edgy - sitcomish humor that was popular among the liberal middle class of America back then. It's kind of like The Monkees for grown-ups, illustrating that sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and "doing your own thing" don't have to be threatening at all. Even Sellers' parents get high, which I think is the film's funniest scene (think of your own parents in the same scenario - hilarious!). Paul Mazursky wrote a terrific screenplay, and Sellers gives one of his most relaxed and effective comic performances of the sixties. Like Alice B. Toklas brownies, this movie is sweet, fun and just a tad decadent.


(Average 7.54)
13 Votes
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