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Games Girls Play (aka The Bunny Caper/aka Sex Play/1974/MPI Home Video DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C



In the early part of his career, Jack Arnold made genre classics like The Creature From The Black Lagoon, This Island Earth, Tarantula and The Incredible Shrinking Man before retreating to TV work, for which much was available.  However, he did manage to get back to movie theaters and one of his most unlikely projects was a sex comedy called Games Girls Play (1974) about a rich businessman’s daughter (Christina Hart) who is very sexually active.  After conquering every military rank man she can get her hands on, it’s off to England with her father and she has brought some friends.


This lite comic free-for-all has much nudity, but no serious sex, yet lots of sex jokes of the amusing kind.  Ed Bishop (the British TV classic U.F.O.) even shows up and the film is a fun distraction, but don’t expect much of a story.  However, Arnold does what he can with the material and it is a pleasant sit though, making the most of the location and Britishness along with the exceptionally sexy, built actresses.  There is also a slight subplot of culture clash, but you know sex will tear down those walls quickly.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a little flawed here and there, which is typical of such indie/low-budget productions of the time, but this film has a great Director of Photography in Alan Hume, B.S.C., whose comedy work goes back to the original British Carry On… comedy movie series.  He moved on to the classic British TV series The Avengers, James Bond films like For Your Eyes Only and Return Of The Jedi.  He makes these women look good, including in the nude, using slight diffusion that sets this apart from similar “nude gal” romps of the time.  This puts it above most such fare and the filmed sitcom look.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is just fine for its age with clean enough dialogue and lite music to match the thin storyline.


Extras include the original theatrical trailer, TV spots and interview with Hart dubbed Naughty Games.  Another extra about the making of the film or interview with other players would have been nice, but that is still not bad for a simple pleasure of a simple film.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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