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The Love God?
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Directed By
Nat Hiken

Written By:
Nat Hiken

Cast:
Don Knotts, Edmond O'Brien, Anne Francis, Maureen Arthur, James Gregory, Marjorie Bennett

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The Love God? (1969)
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Movie Review by KoKo
March 17th, 2013

The Swingingest Swinger of the Swinging 60s?

Favorite Movie Quote: "The public wants sex, sex, and more sex!"

The Love God? is a silly, but amusing Don Knotts "wide-eyed, who me?, what's going on?" Comedy from the late 1960s. Though not side-splittingly funny, this film is still a surprisingly witty lampoon of media manipulation and a fine showcase of Knotts' comic talent.

Knotts plays character Abner Peacock, the mild-mannered editor of a floundering bird-watching magazine, The Peacock. While away on an Amazon, bird-watching safari The Peacock is transformed (unbeknownst to Abner), by down-and-out publisher Osborn Tremaine, into a soft-core "boobs and bums" man's magazine. (Remember - This is the 1960s!)

Upon his return to NYC, Abner suddenly finds himself branded with a notorious reputation, while the press are busy working overtime to perpetrate the myth that he's another Hugh Hefner.

As played by the goofy-looking, geeky-acting Knotts, Abner is laughably unconvincing as a sophisticated, jet-setting playboy-type. The comic incongruity of the whole situation is greatly enhanced by the reaction of the women as they swoon adoringly over Abner as if he were Casanova reborn.

Don Knotts' portrayal of Peacock is certainly the heart of this picture. As a klutzy nerd who always seems to be so easily manipulated by others, Knotts also provides a beguiling innocence and a folksy charm that inevitably wins the viewer over, making one root for him to succeed.

Though certainly not great comedy, The Love God? still remains an underappreciated highlight in Knotts' career.

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BillyBob
Mar 18, 2013 6:16 AM
 
I find that Don Knotts as a comedian is an acquired taste - Not easy to tolerate, sometimes.

Good review, though.



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