What's New Pussycat?

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  • Approved
  • 1965
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • 6.1  (10,992)

What's New Pussycat? is a classic comedy film from 1965 that tells the story of a young man named Michael James (played by Peter O'Toole) who is struggling with his commitment issues. Michael is a popular writer of sex manuals and has a beautiful girlfriend, Carole (played by Capucine) whom he loves but cannot commit to settling down with.

As the movie begins, Michael is in therapy with a psychiatrist, Dr. Fritz Fassbender (played by Peter Sellers). Michael confides in Dr. Fassbender that he is terrified of being bound to just one woman for the rest of his life. Dr. Fassbender is just as troubled by Michael's personal issues - he himself is in love with a beautiful patient of his but cannot act on his feelings. Dr. Fassbender deduces that Michael's problem is due to his fear of the unknown and prescribed him with pills that he believes will curb Michael's infidelity.

From there, the story takes an interesting turn as Michael sets off on a wild adventure full of romantic rendezvous, close calls, and crazy encounters with various people. Michael begins to experience a vivid, surreal dream sequence in which he imagines himself with numerous women to whom he is married. He also encounters a French beauty named Renée (played by Romy Schneider), who is engaged to another man but still remains alluring to Michael.

Throughout the film, Michael stalks Renée and becomes entangled in her love affair with her fiancé Philippe (played by Jean Parédès), and the wealthy playboy Casanova (played by the singer/actor Woody Allen), who cannot resist any attractive woman, leading him to fall victim to Michael's charades. The leads then come together at several nightclubs, where Michael has encounters with other women and continues to contribute to his ongoing streaks.

As the story unfolds, Michael finds himself in various situations that test his loyalty to Carole, and his commitment to Renée, leading to a tumultuous climax towards the end of the movie. The film is a classic satire that blends elements of comedy, romance, and a bit of suspense into an engaging, fun movie.

What's New Pussycat is a lively, colorful film that captures the spirit of the sixties in a delightful way. The movie's cast is lively, with special mention to Peter O'Toole for his effortlessly charismatic portrayal of Michael James, and Peter Sellers for his humorous performance as the zany doctor. Romy Schneider brings a French allure that shines throughout the film and embodies the romantic interest of Peter O'Toole's character. The movie also features Woody Allen in his first screen appearance, delivering his comedic persona years before his directorial career took off.

The film is remembered for its innovative direction and quirky soundtrack by Burt Bacharach, which features the now famous title song 'What's New Pussycat?', performed by artist Tom Jones. The movie's screenplay was co-written by Neil Simon, who received an Academy Award nomination for his work.

Overall, What's New Pussycat? is a delightful comedy that feels like a time capsule of the era in which it was made. It's a fun, lighthearted movie that combines humor, romance and satire in a way that makes for a pleasant and enjoyable viewing experience. Despite its age, the film possesses a timeless charm that still holds up today.

What's New Pussycat? is a 1965 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 48 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

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    1 hr 48 min
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    6.1  (10,992)