Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Do Not Disturb (1965)

IMDb plot summary: American couple Mike and Janet Harper move to England for Mike's work, where Janet believes Mike may be having an affair with his assistant. The Harper's busybody landlady thinks Janet can play Mike's game by entering into an affair of her own, whether it be real or made-up.
Directed by Ralph Levy. Starring Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Hermione Baddeley, and Sergio Fantoni.

(Mild spoilers.)

The overall premise of this movie is definitely a workable one for a silly comedy, but the execution of it just falls apart. The story doesn't have any kind of narrative arc. It just has the same thing happen to the characters over and over again without either of them changing or growing or acting in a way that'll make anything different the next time. One thinks the other is cheating and overreacts. Then the other one thinks their spouse is cheating and overreacts. Repeat infinitely. That gets old very fast, and it makes the happy ending a moot point since clearly they're just going to fall into the same trap again, since attractive people are going to continue to exist around them. If it were funny or original or clever along the way, that might be excusable, but it's not, making this an irritating rom com that doesn't work for me at all. There's nothing I can find to like about it.

0.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Do Not Disturb < Days of Heaven
Do Not Disturb < Bad Moms
Do Not Disturb < Faces
Do Not Disturb < 42nd Street
Do Not Disturb > The Ultimate Gift
Do Not Disturb > XXX
Do Not Disturb < Clash of the Titans
Do Not Disturb > Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
Do Not Disturb < Medium Cool
Do Not Disturb > One Hour to Die: You Have All Been Poisoned
Do Not Disturb < The Rules of Attraction

Final spot: #2364 out of 2493.

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