STAR SPANGLED GIRL
Review by Chastity Campbell
Starring: Sandy Duncan, Tony Roberts
Director: Jerry Paris
Audio: Dolby Digital Mono
Video: 1.85:1Anamorphic Widescreen
Features: See Review
Length: 93 Minutes
Release Date: November 25, 2003
ďWho cares what her IQ is,
Iím not giving out scholarships! I
just want to smell her and touch her!Ē
ďAlright, go ring her
doorbell, tell her you want to smell and touch her, but then GET BACK TO
While sitting in front of my television watching Sandy
Duncan and Tony Roberts in Star Spangled Girl, something kept bothering
me, but I couldnít put my finger on what it was. It finally hit me about an hour after I had finished watching
itÖThe Brady Bunch! This
movie had the same style, look, and feel of those bell-bottom wearing, man perm
The setting is LA in the early to mid 70s.
Andy is the front man for the Nitty Gritty, a politically charge
independent newspaper written by his friend Norman.
Norman is a bit of an odd duck. Well,
okay, if Iím being honest, heís a complete fruit loopÖbut he means well,
honest he does!
Andy and Norman live together in a bungalow, and as far as
I can tell they donít actually pay rent.
The landlady has a thing for playboy Andy, and he finds himself in quite
a few compromising situations, but itís all for the good of the Nitty
Gritty, so he indulges her.
Tony Roberts is perfect as the wise guy, Andy.
I admit I learned a lot from his character on the art of obtaining a meal
free of charge! He even manages to
get his dry cleaning done for free! It
would probably help if the dry cleaning he picked up each week was actually his
own, but hey, who am I to judge!
Norman, whom we have already established as mentally
unstable becomes completely obsessed, romantically, and hormonally, by the new
girl in town, Amy. He canít think
of anything other than sniffing her. Yes,
I mean literally sniffing her! Like
I said, the man has issues!
Amy has just moved to La La land from sunny Florida.
She came to town to take a job at the YWCA teaching swimming so she could
work out at UCLA in preparation for the next Olympics. Sheís hyper, which
would seem to make her a perfect match for Norman if he could just get past the
point of sniffing her to ask her out.
When it looks like the next edition of the Nitty Gritty
isnít going to make it to the presses, Andy steps in and tries to motivate
Norman by getting Amy to be nice to him.
Everything for everyone involved goes completely downhill from this point on,
but itís definitely fun to watch.
This movie is fast paced and easy to fall into for the
small amount of time it will take you to watch it.
The story is really contrived, and has so many holes itís not funny,
but the actors do a decent job fleshing out their characters, so itís not hard
to catch yourself laughing at the shear stupidity displayed before you.
Sandy Duncan just has one of those voices that seems to
stay with you even after the movie is over.
Her nasally, whiney, southern accent just about drove me nuts!
At the same time, I laughed myself silly at her expense, so it balanced
As I mentioned before this movie radiated a Brady Bunch
feel that even now I have a hard time getting around. It was all in the filming style, and I wouldnít be
surprised to find out that some of the people on the production crew had indeed
worked on The Brady Bunch at one time or another!
With a simple storyline and basic plot, this movie wonít
shock or surprise you in the end, but youíll have fun getting there.
Grab a copy today and let this all American girl teach you a thing or two
about sniffing out a man!
The video quality of this Star Spangled Girl was
nothing to light bottle rockets about. On
the other hand, there was nothing visually that would have caused me not to
enjoy watching it either. Once
again, Iím left sitting on the fence where the quality of a disc is concerned.
The colors seemed muted throughout, so Iím left wondering
if the original print was damaged, or the people who lit the sets didnít know
what they were doing! The benefit
of the doubt forces me to go along with the first theory, which means a certain
amount of forgiveness must be issued for this DVDís overall look.
Quite a bit of dirt and grain was visible throughout the
entire print, which shows there was very little effort put into cleaning up the
original before it was transferred to the digital world.
The transfer itself was clean with no visible artifacting
or soft edges. So, while this
disc doesnít scream beauty and perfection, it doesnít howl in despair
There were very few audio problems with this DVD. The Dolby Digital Mono treatment didnít really sway the quality that much in any direction. There was some audible hiss and low-end hum present, along with a few dips, and dropouts.
For your listening pleasure there are a few Davy Jones and
Neil Simon tunes on the soundtrack, that really let you know this was a 70ís
flick. Despite some subtle
imperfections in the audio, which can be attributed to age, I was pleased with
the quality of this DVD overall.
Features: Ĺ *
English subtitles are the only extra feature this disc had
Summary:This disc doesnít contain any extra features, and lacks the luster of some of the other newly cleaned and transferred DVDs from the 70ís. Also, in a time of overly commercialized patriotism, this movie title might turn a few people off, but if youíre looking for a quick flick without much of a plot, then ignore the title and take this girl for a spinÖin your DVD player, of course!