I’ll Take Sweden Blu-ray Review
“I’ll Take Sweden” is a flat comedy.
In “I’ll Take Sweden,” the story revolves around an uptight single father/businessman (Bob Holcomb) and his daughter JoJo. JoJo is a bit of a wild child who is in love with a free spirit trailer park guitar player (Kenny) and Bob disapproves of her relationship. Wanting to keep his daughter away from Kenny, Bob accepts a work transfer to Sweden. Upon arriving in Sweden, things are looking up for Bob as they both find romance. Unfortunately for Bob, he becomes a bit mixed up when JoJo falls for his sexual assistant Erik and wonders if Kenny was right for her all along.
As a fan of Bob Hope (especially the Road series), I was looking forward to watching “I’ll Take Sweden” for the first time, but alas, the 1965 movie was not one of his finer works. If you’re going to make a sex comedy with Bob Hope, it should be a funny and sexy movie that utilizes Hope’s strengths as an actor. The film does neither of those things. Sure, Hope gets to spout a few one-liners here and there, but for the most part, he looks bored and out of place. Granted, that is how the character is meant to look in this film and that could have worked from a comedic perspective, but writer Nat Perrin does very little with the premise or the characters. Not only is the film tame and full of lame stereotypes, but it’s also rushed and clumsy. It feels like it is missing scenes and additional humor that could have strengthened the movie overall.
On the plus side, the film boasts a couple of strong performances. Tuesday Weld is charming and cute as JoJo well the energetic Frankie Avalon steals the movie (and manages to perform a few musical scenes as well). As mentioned above, Hope does have his moments, but the movie just does’t suit him.
Presentation: 1.85:1. How does it look? The colors are striking, but fuzz and dirt specs are visible.
Audio Track: Unspecified Mono. How does it sound? It sounds like a Mono track, but it’s solid.
The only extra is a trailer for “I’ll Take Sweden.”
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