THE LOVE PILL (1971)
Article 2625 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-12-2008
Posting Date: 10-20-2008
Directed by Ken Turner
Featuring Henry Woolf, Toni Sinclair, David Pugh
A small town candy store owner is manufacturing sweets that have a secret ingredient that functions as both a contraceptive and an aphrodisiac. When he dies, his son hooks up with a down-and-out businessman to market the product. The only problem is – the son has only a limited amount of the secret ingredient, and no one knows where more can be found.
This racy British comedy stops short of turning into porn, though anyone watching the movie primarily to see naked women will not be too disappointed by the results. The movie occasionally digs up an interesting idea, such as the fact that the pill contributes to a switching of attitudes about sexuality between the genders; in other words, we have women doing the chasing and the men running away. However, the clever ideas remains sporadic, and, as a comedy, it’s singularly short of laughs, and, as satire, it becomes tiresome and obvious. And, when the movie tries to turn romantic in the final reel (what with the movie’s romantic song playing repeatedly while a couple visits an amusement park and encounters all the romantic cliches of the time), it becomes more than a little hypocritical. Director Joe Turner’s credits are mostly for TV, including some work with Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s puppet shows.