Friday, August 26, 2016

That Touch of Mink (1962)

IMDb plot summary: A rich businessman and a young woman are attracted to each other, but he only wants an affair while she wants to save her virginity for marriage.
Directed by Delbert Mann. Starring Cary Grant, Doris Day, Gig Young, and Audrey Meadows.

The previous two Doris Day rom coms I watched had an extremely unlikable male lead. Here that male lead is Cary Grant, so Day herself is the only unlikable one in the couple. The movie itself spends far too much time cutesily dancing around the idea of sex. Obviously they couldn't come right out and say most of what they were discussing, but there were plenty of sex comedies in the 50s and 60s that were able to deal with that while still adhering to the Code. This one seems less like grown adults trying to tell a story and more like middle schoolers trying to see how dirty they can make their conversation before the teacher notices. It's not funny enough to be entertaining as a comedy but the relationships aren't deep enough for it to work as a dramatic story. It's an awkward movie, and while there are a few good lines that got a chuckle out of me, it's all muddled.

1.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
That Touch of Mink < Days of Heaven
That Touch of Mink > Bad Moms
That Touch of Mink < Liz & Dick
That Touch of Mink > The Goonies
That Touch of Mink < Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
That Touch of Mink > Throw Momma from the Train
That Touch of Mink > Lincoln
That Touch of Mink > The Lizzie McGuire Movie
That Touch of Mink < A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
That Touch of Mink < The Forest
That Touch of Mink > Cruel Intentions
Final spot: #1646 out of 2497.

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