One of the funniest films...
By a customer
from Stowmarket, England
, 18 Sep 2004
I love this film so much that, although I already own it on VHS, I want it on DVD!
Peter Sellers is perfect as the naive Indian actor new to Hollywood.
From the very start of the film, where we see him on location for a movie, things do not go well for him. He is just as much a victim of his own bumbling, accident-prone self as Sellers most famous screen character Inspector Clouseau. But he is also continually self-effacing and over-gracious, with a big smile and pressed palms, which I think is just right. Watching him is both hilarious and slightly painful.
He finds himself invited (by accident) to a hip Hollywood party hosted by a top producer in his too-modern-for-its-own-good house. Of course he doesn't realise he's only got invited by accident but it is immediately obvious (both painfully and hilariously) that he does not belong there at all. In both a literal sense, when for example there is no seat for him at the table, and socially where no-one knows him and he doesn't know what to do with himself. He attempts to blend in and not bring attention to himself, but instead ends up doing the reverse. The aforementioned house provides much of the physical comedy for him, with moving floors, swimming pools and open central fireplaces, etc. He also experiences the universal problem of a guest trying to find the bathroom and then getting it to flush. This scene is somehow far more enjoyable than all the many versions of this scenario in more recent films.
Naturally he also falls for the beautiful, sweet girl, who is also new to the business, as well as managing to make ?friends? with a Texan cowboy-type actor who finds him amusing.
As the evening progresses things descend more and more into chaos. This chaos finally includes a trope of Russian dancers, an elephant and a lot of bubbles. It is wildly silly but great fun, I have rarely laughed so much. This film has a real feel-good factor and the characters all get the appropriate ending.
It is a hugely enjoyable 70's film, which I highly recommend.
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