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Sellers is Ridiculously Funny
Peter Sellers is stupid funny here in a romp through the 60's and self-discovery. Watch him master the uptight Jewish white collar worker destined to marry an attention-starved bride chosen by his Mom. He meets a beautiful young hippie (Leigh Taylor Young) on the way to the altar and decides to give the Free Love thing a go. After an overnight stay in his apartment, she bakes him a batch of hash brownies that his parents and fiancee later devour on their way to being stoned. He makes it to the altar, but flees to a life with the hippie brownie girl. From three-piece suits to beads and bell-bottoms, he swallows the counter-culture whole. Or so he thinks. He goes from living in his apartment to living in his car as a stoner. What he doesn't grasp is his own inability to shift his norms to embrace his partner's lifestyle which has no norms. After her hippie friends crash at his pad, he finds she is making nice with another guy. When he confronts her with his jealously, she tells him she can't hang with his "heavy" attitude about her being with other men. So maybe he's too conventional to be a hippie. Maybe he should marry the girl Mother picked. He winds up at the altar again with her only to...can't give it away. Sellers was an amazing talent. He is only in first gear here, but its still worth watching.
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
- Karen P
I had never seen this movie....finally watched it last night. Cable channel gave it 4 stars so I figured I'd finally watch it....I do not get it. An awful movie. Terribly dated (I was in my teens during the 60's so I am aware of this era) and I think Peter Sellers must have been high or desperate for money to do this movie since it totally wasted his talent. The only person I found a bit funny was Jo Van Fleet portraying a character totally different than she usually did....a classic Jewish mother. So...I'm still trying to figure out the 4 star rating but I'm glad I didn't waste money seeing this when it came out at the movies. Truly awful and not funny at all. Some movies from 1968 or 1969 held up well...this one didn't. All the hippy talk brought back some memories but not good ones....
Typical capitalization of an era by someone without a clue, and not worthy of Prime Time viewing. Show Taxi Driver or Deer Hunter in Prime Time instead of at 2AM.
For I It Is Her
- Graham Thomas
Yes, cheesy, ridiculous, and silly. But pretty funny in parts. Early pot jokes.
This cheesey movie is an embarassment to anyone who was "there" in the 60's. Just a stupid depiction of the 60's media stereotype of a "Hippie". Honestly, I don't care if it is a Peter Sellers movie. He made the mistake of making such a stupid movie about the so called male Mid-Life crisis, but I'm not making the mistake of trying to sit through it again.
How could this garbage get such a prime time slot on TCM? The only value in watching it was as a reminder of how low filmmaking has sunk and how stupid people were in the 60's. I guess you'd have to eat lots of those doctored brownies to find Peter Sellers funny. So overrated!
I love you Alice B. Toklas
- Tanned Tom
What an underrated film. Funny all the way through, this is really a film about a man searching for meaning in his life. He's successful and about to be married, and then... Well, not going to spoil it, but the ending is pretty philosophically hip. Watch it to see the 60's at it's best, and the criticisms of it's excesses that were already being made.
...but you had to be there.
An Essential for Whom?
The standard has degenerated so much this season. How does a mishmash like this qualify for "The Essentials"? Sellers keeps losing his LA Jewish boy accent and the script is more like a series of set pieces strung together from an ancient Sid Caesar show. The brownie-chewing scene is so over the top it's a wonder they didn't resort to having brownie spittle running down chins. No reason this movie should ever have been made, and I feel for Robert Osborne for having to okay it to keep peace with his co-host. But please, we rely on you, Bob, so much so that we think our admiration merits your highest level of integrity on our behalf. Just pleading for a return to real quality, and thanking you in advance.
I Love you, Alice B. Toklas
The film that capitalized on the free-love hippie philosophy. Sellers is stellar as a henpecked lawyer who becomes drawn into the hippie culture, populated by an assortment of mindless stereotypes. The film gets weak at times but scenes with Sellers' car trapped and the family eating pot brownies are hilarious. Not great as a whole, but good for it's individual scenes. I give it a 3/5.
- Dan Hand
No one who selects this film as an "Essential" is qualified to co-host TCM's series on the same with Robert Osborne! Please, make this season Drew Barrymore's last stand on TCM!!
I Agree With Drew -- this is an essential
I first saw this movie in the early 1980's and I just love it! Being a child of the 60's, it's great to go back to this time period. I am not a big fan of the Pink Panther movies, but this movie and "Being There" are my favorite Peter Sellers movies.
sellers the real king of comedy
the man could not make a bad movie in my opinion & this is one of his best , hope you all get a chance to see this great flick
alice b. rocks my world
- molly t. tokemore
Love peter sellers esp this movie which has a vry special place in my heart. Worth seeing at least once. To me and mine this movie is special! I give it 5 stars..always a classic.
Not the Pink Panther
Peter Sellers made many movies in his career, all bombs, with the notable exception of the Pink Panther series. British film critics considered him a talentless hack, without any gift for comedy. In fact, it was only by a miracle that he landed the part that made him a legitimate star as the Inspector in those films. That was largely due to the genius of Blake Edwards. Bad British actors seem to shine in American films. But since this is not a Pink Panther film, avoid it (and all other Sellers movies) like the plague.
Lots of Love for Peter Sellers and Alice B. Toklas
- Tom Bodensick
I'm not sure which movie Jay was watching that led to his mediocre review, but he is soooo wrong. Sellers has never been better or funnier, and Leigh Taylor Young is "to die for." From the moment Sellers gets stuck with driving the psychedelic station wagon to accidently introducing his very straight parents to those special "brownies," this movie is a work of art and funny as hell. This movie is dated, yes, but from a period which gave us some of the coolest and wildest 60's pictures. "I Love You..." along with movies like Wild in the Streets (a 24 year old rock star becomes president of the U.S. after psyching out everyone over 30 on LSD), Riot on Sunset Strip (a movie I wish Turner would show...PLEASE!) that had music by the Chocolate Watch Band and Standells, PsychOUT with a very cool Jack Nicholson and music by Sky Saxon and the SEEDS, The Trip with Peter Fonda, and along with Riot on Sunset Strip another rare film, 3 In The Attic starring Christopher Jones...all dated, yes, but incredible, and cool films. Sorry Jay, if you missed the 60's...but it was soooo cool.
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)
Very dated, but that also makes it rather interesting. Not one of Peter Sellers' best comedies, but it is amusing. Leigh Taylor-Young is very good and well cast. A bit kooky.
Alice B. Toklas
- Bill HUNER
A very, very, funny movie. If you are a Peter SELLERS fan, you're gonna love this one!