How Sweet It Is (MOD)

All-American couple who try to bridge the generation gap with their free-spirited son on a trip, frisky business and misunderstandings galore ensue, all funny, vibrant and charming.


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How Sweet It Is (MOD)
 
3.8

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Broad appeal (6)
  • Engaging characters (5)
  • Epic cast (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid moviegoer (5), Movie buff (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Favorite guilty pleasure

One of my favorite guilty pleasures. I recall enjoying this movie when it was originally released in 1968. I have been waiting for nearly 10 years for a DVD release of this movie. ...Read complete review

One of my favorite guilty pleasures. I recall enjoying this movie when it was originally released in 1968. I have been waiting for nearly 10 years for a DVD release of this movie.

This movie is a very enjoyable movie. James Garner and Debbie Reynolds make a very believable married couple. Paul Lynde steals every scene he is in as the ship's purser.

The video transfer is excellent. There are no extras, but I was thrilled to get this movie on DVD.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bizarre Dated Artifact

This is one of the worst Warner Archives releases, yet it is perversely interesting if not exactly entertaining. It's 1968 and sitcom director Jerry Paris and future sitcom guru screenwriter Gary Marshall present an...Read complete review

This is one of the worst Warner Archives releases, yet it is perversely interesting if not exactly entertaining. It's 1968 and sitcom director Jerry Paris and future sitcom guru screenwriter Gary Marshall present an utterly tone-deaf representation of the youth culture and the parents who strain to fit in. Garner is typically first-rate but his comic stylings are hampered by the poor material, and Debbie Reynolds is fun and fetching despite the somewhat embarrassing wife-as-sexpot role she's stuffed into (like the bikini she wears for most of the last half hour). What's fascinating is the awful Jimmy Webb songs (yeah yeah yeah), the several psychedelic sequences (though no drugs are involved), the painful sex comedy (a married couple can't get alone to have sex). We begin with Garner telling his son to get a haircut, and end with a more enlightened Garner wearing a peace symbol, running in slow motion on the beach. The final-act sequence in an Italian house of ill repute is one of those Mad Mad Mad Mad World-inspired fights/chases, though no one has any reason to be fighting or chasing. Can a comedy be unintentionally hilarious? This one is. But it's instructive to see how badly Hollywood was dealing with changing times.

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2.0

mostly lame

By ken

from Kansas City, MO.

About Me Avid Moviegoer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Broad Appeal

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about How Sweet It Is (MOD):

    Mostly lame sex comedy of the type probably done better in the early '60's. A good cast tries hard but can't come up with many laughs. About a husband and wife taking a European vacation and then getting into various romances. It turns silly at the end, and the best thing about the film is that you get to see Debbie Reynolds in a bikini, and she looks GREAT.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    COOL 1960S GENERATIONAL COMEDY

    By SHADOWER

    from LOUISVILLE, KY. 40215

    About Me Avid Moviegoer

    Pros

    • Cool And Exotic

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weekend Party

      Comments about How Sweet It Is (MOD):

      DIRECTED BY TELEVISION VETERAN JERRY PARIS, HOW SWEET IT IS FOCUSES ON COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES GARNER WHO IS MANEUVERED INTO ACCOMPANYING WIFE DEBBIE REYNOLDS AND SON DONALD LOSBY - WITH G.F. HILARIE THOMPSON ON AS EUROPEAN SUMMER EXCURSION. THIS DEVELOPS AFTER REYNOLDS CONSPIRES WITH BOSS' WIFE ELENA VERDUGO TO HAVE HUSBAND WALTER BROOKE GIVE GARNER THE UNEXPECTED ASSIGNMENT. COMPLICATIONS EMERGE WHEN TRAVEL AGENT TERRY-THOMAS CONS REYNOLDS INTO TAKING A HOUSE ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA BELONGING TO PLAYBOY-LAWYER MAURICE RONET. WITH THE BASIC SITUATION ESTABLISHED, PARIS ADVANCES INTO ROMANTIC TERRAIN WITH RONET PURSUING REYNOLDS WITH THE FAST RIVIERA SET, TOUR AIDE MARY MICHAEL PURSUING GARNER AND LOSBY FALLING UNDER THE AURA OF PLAYGIRL ALEXANDRA HAY. THE WILD TREK EVENTUALLY WINDS DOWN TOWARDS THE CLIMAX, WITH GARNER, REYNOLDS AND LOSBY REDISCOVERING EACH OTHER. AN INSPIRED FAMILY FUN FILM.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WILD GENERATIONAL 1960S GEM

      By SHADOWER

      from LOUISVILLE, KY. 40215

      About Me Avid Moviegoer

      Pros

      • Broad Appeal
      • Emotionally Engaging
      • Engaging Characters
      • Epic Cast
      • Great Cinematography
      • Great Story

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home
        • Cocktail Party
        • In The Car
        • Perfect Gift
        • Special Needs
        • Travel
        • Younger Viewers

        Comments about How Sweet It Is (MOD):

        DIRECTOR JERRY PARIS, WITH HIS IMPRESSIVE TV BACKGROUND, SMOOTHLY BLENDS THE GENERATIONAL AND SUBURBAN COMEDY FORMS IN HOW SWEET IT IS. COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES GARNER ENCOURAGES SON DONALD LOSBY TO EMBARK ON A SUMMER EUROPEAN TREK WITH G.F. HILIARIE THOMPSON- MUCH TO THE DISPLEASURE OF MOTHER DEBBIE REYNOLDS. SCHEMING WITH BOSS' WIFE ELENA VERDUGO, BOSS WALTER BOOKE ASSIGNS GARNER TO ACCOMPANY LOSBY AND CLIQUE ON THE SUMMER EXCURSION IN THE FRENCH MOSAIC WHERE MANY UNEXPECTED COMIC SITUATIONS AWAIT EVERYONE. MEANWHILE, REYNOLDS HAS AGREED TO TRAVEL AGENT'S TERRY-THOMAS' OFFER OF THE USE OF A SUMMER HOUSE ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA. THE HOUSE IS FULLY OCCUPIED BY FRENCH LAWYER-PLAYBOY MAURICE RONET WHO WHISKS REYNOLDS ON A LARK THROUGH PARTIES, SWIMMING POOLS AND THE ENLIGHTENED SET. GARNER IS FACED WITH SON LOSBY'S ENCOUNTERS WITH THE SUMMER SWINGER CROWD, TYPIFIED BY PLAYGIRL ALEXANDRA HAY AND MAN-ABOUT-TOWN GINO CONFORTI WHILE FENDING OFF THE ADVANCES OF CRUISE ATTENDANT MARY MICHAEL. DISCOVERING THAT REYNOLDS HAS ENJOYED AN EXCURSION WITH RONET, THE COUPLE WITH SON LOSBY LATER EMBARK ON A VOYAGE OF REDISCOVERY AS THE SUMMER PASSAGE ENDS. A WILD, FUNNY AND ULTIMATELY POIGANT FILM, HOW SWEET IT IS OFFERS SOLID COMEDIC SUPPORT FROM PAUL LYNDE AS THE CRUISE PURSER AND ANN-MORGAN GILBERT AS AN UNEASY PASSENGER. ONE OF THE BEST OF ITS GENRE, WITH EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES FROM GARNER, REYNOLDS, RONET AND THE ENTIRE CAST.

         
        3.0

        Debbie Reynolds and James Garner

        By Tracey

        from Murrieta, CA

        About Me Movie Buff

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Not Interesting
          • Not What I Expected

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about How Sweet It Is (MOD):

          I love classic movies. This one has Jame Garner and Debbie Reynolds, young and good-looking! But that didn't save this one. The script is just weak on this one. It could have been so much better. Two great actors and it fizzles. I hate to say it but I was disappointed. I really expected to like this one. Its so mediocre. Worth one view only!

           
          2.0

          Bizarre Dated Artifact

          By Macphilms

          from Muscatine, IA

          About Me Avid Moviegoer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Cultural Snapshot
          • Epic Cast

          Cons

          • Limited Appeal

          Best Uses

          • Baby Boomer Viewers

          Comments about How Sweet It Is (MOD):

          This is one of the worst Warner Archives releases, yet it is perversely interesting if not exactly entertaining. It's 1968 and sitcom director Jerry Paris and future sitcom guru screenwriter Gary Marshall present an utterly tone-deaf representation of the youth culture and the parents who strain to fit in. Garner is typically first-rate but his comic stylings are hampered by the poor material, and Debbie Reynolds is fun and fetching despite the somewhat embarrassing wife-as-sexpot role she's stuffed into (like the bikini she wears for most of the last half hour). What's fascinating is the awful Jimmy Webb songs (yeah yeah yeah), the several psychedelic sequences (though no drugs are involved), the painful sex comedy (a married couple can't get alone to have sex). We begin with Garner telling his son to get a haircut, and end with a more enlightened Garner wearing a peace symbol, running in slow motion on the beach. The final-act sequence in an Italian house of ill repute is one of those Mad Mad Mad Mad World-inspired fights/chases, though no one has any reason to be fighting or chasing. Can a comedy be unintentionally hilarious? This one is. But it's instructive to see how badly Hollywood was dealing with changing times.

           
          4.0

          Very Funny!

          By Singing Bird

          from Deland, Fl

          About Me Movie Buff

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Broad Appeal
          • Engaging Characters

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home
            • In The Car
            • Special Needs
            • Travel

            Comments about How Sweet It Is (MOD):

            How can you go wrong with Reynolds and Garner? Paul Lynde is a hoot as well.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Hysterical bit of 60's fun!

            By Rodney the movie buff lover

            from High Point, NC

            About Me Movie Buff

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Broad Appeal
            • Engaging Characters
            • Great Story

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • Younger Viewers

              Comments about How Sweet It Is (MOD):

              I had somehow missed this great 60's comedy through the years and was glad when it became available in the Warner Archive collection. Needless to say, I LOVED IT! From the incredibly "catchy" opening song and "groovy" credits, I was laughing out loud and smiling through the entire film. Debbie Reynolds had great comic timing, as did James Garner. The supporting cast were excellent in their cameo appearances. What a FUN way to spend the afternoon following all their comical situations! The transfer of the dvd is clear and crisp. Very pleased with yet another excellent Warner Archive selection! How Sweet It Is!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              See Garner punch out Italian lover!

              By Bob the movieguy

              from Buffalo, NY

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              Pros

              • Broad Appeal
              • Epic Cast

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • At Home

                Comments about How Sweet It Is (MOD):

                James Garner is great (as usual) as the confused husband. This time he thinks his wife (Debbie Rynolds) has been cheating on him for 15 years!This film also has early appearances by Erin Moran and Penny Marshall.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Favorite guilty pleasure

                By Panther 71

                from Cham-Bana, IL

                About Me Movie Buff

                Pros

                • Broad Appeal
                • Engaging Characters

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home

                  Comments about How Sweet It Is (MOD):

                  One of my favorite guilty pleasures. I recall enjoying this movie when it was originally released in 1968. I have been waiting for nearly 10 years for a DVD release of this movie.

                  This movie is a very enjoyable movie. James Garner and Debbie Reynolds make a very believable married couple. Paul Lynde steals every scene he is in as the ship's purser.

                  The video transfer is excellent. There are no extras, but I was thrilled to get this movie on DVD.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Generation gap comedy with old pros!

                  By The Vid

                  from Colorado Springs

                  About Me Movie Buff

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Theater

                    Comments about How Sweet It Is (MOD):

                    A wonderfully trashy sex comedy from the 60's, starring two genuinely great comic talents: Reynolds and Garner. It's directed with cheesy aplomb by Jerry Paris, TV-star and director of another mod, trash classic in the archive colllection, THE GRASSHOPPER. Unsophisticated is the word for this comedy, but it's still fun, thanks to some genuinely hilarious banter by the adult talent on hand (including the great French actor, Maurice Ronet, and the uniquely whiney Paul Lynde). The references to the peace-and-love generation are silly, but the dated chic is still charming. Jim Webb wrote a couple of hip songs, and there's a slick underscore from composer Pat Williams. The print is nicely preserved Panavision scope, with an overtly-equalized monaural soundtrack that requires THX or cinema EQ.

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