“I don’t think you two should be kissing while I’m suturing.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Unfortunately, however, the film completely fails to live up to its initial potential. Most egregiously, Dooley’s character comes across as obnoxious: he’s pushy, self-absorbed, and possessive (he beats up another man who wants to go out with Heflin), and is rarely worthy of our sympathy.
Meanwhile, waifish Heflin is, despite her fine voice, utterly unbelievable as a backup singer in a communal rock band (her bandmates are all ten times more energetic than her), and her distractingly skeletal body makes one cringe for her well-being.
Side stories involving members of Dooley’s overbearing Greek family fall utterly flat:
… as does a recurring visual “joke” involving a true “perfect couple” (Fred Bier and Jette Seear), whose presence is meant to serve as a comedic counterpart to Dooley and Heflin’s troubled courtship.
The film’s primary redeeming quality is Heflin’s band (“Keepin’ Em Off the Streets”), whose incessant rehearsals inappropriately dominate the screenplay, but ultimately provide a welcome respite from the tedious storyline.
Note: Watch for charismatic Ted Neeley (“Jesus Christ Superstar”) as the band’s domineering lead singer — what inspired casting!
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: