Dark Sky Films // 1974 // 88 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // August 15th, 2008
No Big Ben jokes? Shocking!
Corny '70s sex comedies. Is there anything better? Yes, actually a lot of things. Like ice cream sundaes, comfortable sneakers, non-profit agencies that serve people with developmental disabilities, and inflatable pool toys. But if the genre floats your boat, Games Girls Play will satisfy the criteria.
For starters you've got the cute, perky lead -- Bunny (Christina Hart), the sex-crazed high-schooler that opts not to wear underwear and prefers her intimate encounters to be men three times her age.
Her exasperated father, a high-ranking U.S. official, doesn't know what to do with his nubile daughter, who's busy sleeping her way through the entire government. To save the Union from all manner of terrifying communicable disease, Bunny and her dad are sent to London and away from the genitals of the United States leadership.
Desperate to straighten out his daughter, Bunny's father enrolls her in finishing school, where she meets three other girls with similarly burning loins. The quartet design a challenge for themselves -- they'll each be assigned a world leader (there's an international summit going on) and the first to bed their chosen target wins.
And so it's on, a kinky adventure through London that will escalate into an international incident.
Two elements in the sex comedy -- the sex and, well, the comedy. Element 1 is surprising in the fact that while there is boatloads of nudity there is very little boinking. The female actors are disrobed about as often as they're robed, and typical to the genre, the script finds bizarre scenarios to expose as many breasts as possible -- from the opening montage with Bunny doing a slow-motion topless bellyflop onto a bed to the extensive skinny-dipping pool scene to the weird girls versus boys basketball game where everyone suddenly starts pulling each other's shorts down to the various set-ups in the competition (including a creepy mass shower scene with the Chinese ping pong team).
The comedy portion is a failure however. Teenage sex kittens that can't get enough of old, hairy, pudgy men doesn't excite my sense of humor, nor do the endless scenes of Bunny's father bitching about how tough it is to raise a horny child. And that pretty much accounts for the comedy in this cheeseball, boob-infested, but ultimately forgettable exploitation romp.
For you Bunny fans, Dark Sky has pieced together a solid DVD. The film actually looks pretty good, clean and largely free of imperfections in its anamorphic widescreen transfer. The 2.0 stereo audio mix is adequate; you should be thankful you don't have to endure the ridiculous score in 5.1 surround. Extras -- trailers and an interview with Patricia Hart.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Dark Sky Films
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 88 Minutes
Release Year: 1974
MPAA Rating: Rated R