13 November 2007 | The_Void
Nothing like as good as the first, but amusing enough.
I wouldn't hesitate to name Sergio Martino as one of my all time favourite directors. His Giallo is second only to the great Dario Argento, and he's made a few other nice films in other genres too. Sex comedies were popular in the seventies Italy, and like most Italian directors; Martino was happy to turn his hand to the current popular genre. Prior to seeing this film, I had seen two Martino sex comedies, both starring Edwige Fenech and both very good; the films being Giovannona Long-Thigh and the first Sex with a Smile. I wasn't too hopeful for this sequel given how Italian sequels usually go; and while it's weaker than the other two sex comedies that I've seen from Martino; it still offers a decent ninety minutes of entertainment. The stories in this film don't follow on at all from those in the first, and the best one here isn't as good as the worst one in the first film; but as I say, it's enjoyable enough light-hearted stuff, and it would be foolish to go into a seventies Italian sex comedy with any higher expectations than that.
The stories are something of a mixed bag. The first one is a silly and fairly amusing yarn revolving round private detectives trying to prove to a husband that his faithful wife is unfaithful. It's a decent opener. The middle two tales are better; the first of which is an Italian variant on Some Like it Hot. It revolves around a man who decides to dress up as a woman so he can replace the star player on the ladies football team. Naturally, most of the tale revolves around the shower and our hero also attracts some unwanted attention from members of both sexes. The third tale is probably the best and stars the beautiful Barbara Bouchet. It revolves around an unfaithful husband trying to hide his mistress from his wife, and losing out to a would-be thief. The final story is somewhat boring, and has something to do with a woman trying to cheat on her husband right under his nose, and not being very successful at it. The film is fairly raunchy throughout, but not really very sleazy. There's a bit of nudity here and there, but nothing to write home about. The jokes are decent and the odd comical situation is funny, but this is more an amusing timewaster than a brilliant comedy.