Cool It Carol!

Cool it Carol! (1970) is a low budget British sex comedy-drama directed by Pete Walker, starring Robin Askwith and Janet Lynn.[1] According to the opening credits, "this story is true but actual names and places are fictitious"; the film being apparently inspired by a tabloid article the director read in the News of the World.[2][3] It was released in the USA as "Dirtiest Girl I ever Met".[4]

Cool it Carol!
Directed byPete Walker
Produced byPete Walker
Written byMurray Smith
StarringRobin Askwith
Janet Lynn
Music byCyril Ornadel
CinematographyPeter Jessop
Edited byTristam Cones
Distributed byMiracle Films (UK)
American International Pictures (US)
Release date
1 December 1970 (UK)
7 December 1972 (US)
Running time
101 min.
CountryUK
LanguageEnglish

Plot

The cautionary tale of Joe and Carol, a couple of youngsters who leave the "sticks" behind and journey to swinging London in search of fame and fortune. Joe fails to find employment in the big city, but Carol enrols as a fashion model. As the naïve couple begin to enjoy the night life of London they are drawn ever deeper into a world of pornography, drugs and prostitution.[1][5]

Cast

Critical reception

  • 'DVD Drive-in' wrote, "it’s no great film by any means, but it’s an enjoyable time capsule romp worth checking out."[6]
  • 'lightsfade.co.uk' wrote, "if you're a fan of late 60's nostalgia then there's a lot of prime material here. The world of "Cool it Carol" returns us to an era when petrol stations looked both picturesque and romantic, trains looked clean and ran on time, antique red buses were in abundance alongside phlegmatic cab drivers (some things never change)...With chunks of wonderfully cheesy dialogue, "Cool it Carol" is a kitsch delight." [2]
  • 'moviesaboutgirls.com' called the film "glum, gray, and depressive."
  • 'Cinedelica' wrote, "compared to a movie like Smashing Time, Cool It Carol! is probably the more realistic portrayal of the swinging London dream. But we're still in the land of the exploitation flick, so don't expect Ken Loach-like realism." [7]
  • Pablo Kjolseth writes in 'TCM.com', "in reflecting on scenes that stood out as memorable, my vote goes for the disturbing and eerie tight shots (seen more than once) of old men licking their dry lips with lusty tongues at the sight of nude, young women. These brief moments introduce an ominous, unpredictable, claustrophobic and icky energy into an otherwise languid story. An early indication, perhaps, that Walker's talents would be best served in a different genre."[3]

References

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