Jim in Palm Harbor called in to the show on 3/17 and said the funniest movie he has ever seen was The Party, staring Peter Sellers. Daniel agreed, saying it was very good and very funny. I wonder if Daniel really ever saw the movie and I wonder if The Party is the only film Jim has ever seen. Maybe he saw it when it was released in 1968 and he has fond memories of it as a younger child.
I rented the film from Netflix, because surprise, surprise, the local Blockbuster didn’t have it. Sorry Daniel, if you want to have the option to view almost any movie ever released on DVD, Blockbuster is not your place. Blockbuster’s shtick is having unlimited copies of new releases. Unfortunately, they have a rather poor selection of everything else at the local store. Granted, they can’t stock everything at the local store. However, even when I compared my personal Netflix queue to what Blockbuster has available in it’s online rental inventory, Blockbuster had only about 90% of the movies from my list. Anyway, enough of my hatred of the Blockbuster chain.
I suppose if you like the classic Peter Sellers Pink Panther movies you may like this film also. I found it to be mildly amusing but certainly not the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. I found watching the 1960s clothing the characters were wearing more interesting than the film itself. The film is about an India actor named Hrundi who is fired from a film then inadvertently invited to the home of the studio chief. Mayhem ensues as Hrundi goes from one embarrassing situation after another over the course of the evening. Anyone else would have questioned who he was and why he was at the party. Anyone else would have thrown the guy out of the house after his first half dozen moronic miscues. Instead the idiot guests at the party just turn a blink eye to the destruction that’s occurring all over the house. Don’t get me wrong, I like corny comedies and all the silly hijinks that occurs in other movies such as the Naked Gun & Police Academy movies or almost any Jerry Lee Lewis film. Unfortunately this film produced barely enough chuckles from me to keep from giving it a 1-star George Bush speech rating. While watching this film I thought it might make a better silent picture since the kind of craziness that occurs in silent film comedy’s is similar to what occurred in this movie. Anyway, I can’t say I hated this movie but I can’t say it’s worth the rent either.
Have you seen this film? What did you think? Please leave your comments.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the film:
An Indian would-be actor named Hrundi (Peter Sellers) ruins an entire shooting day on an epic period film in which he’s cast as an extra. A clerical error results in the accident-prone Hrundi being invited to a major Hollywood party thrown by a studio chief, rather than being fired from the movie. Sight gags, misunderstandings and accidental destruction soon follow. Sellers’s frequent collaborator Blake Edwards writes and directs this film.
Sameritech’s 4 star guide:
**** Loved it
*** Really liked it
** Average, but watchable
* Didn’t like it, wasted my time, would rather have watched a George Bush speech