Prudence And The Pill

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy

The mass production of birth-control pills in the 1960s is the basis for this British farce about marriage and infidelity, with the somewhat hidden moral statement that the pill has been developed to keep married couples from having children, not to encourage rampant sexual conduct. Kerr and Niven, noted for their pairing in several well-crafted farces,...read more

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The mass production of birth-control pills in the 1960s is the basis for this British farce about marriage and infidelity, with the somewhat hidden moral statement that the pill has been developed to keep married couples from having children, not to encourage rampant sexual conduct. Kerr

and Niven, noted for their pairing in several well-crafted farces, are a married couple who have as little as possible to do with each other, including having separate bedrooms. When their niece switches her mother's (Redman) birth control pills for aspirin and Redman becomes pregnant, Niven

decides to try the same thing on Kerr. If his plan works, Kerr will become pregnant by her lover, Michell, allowing Niven to sue for divorce. But the pills get mixed up again by the maid, who puts vitamins in the place of the aspirin, though in reality these tablets also turn out to be birth

control pills. Because the maid has made this mistake, she winds up pregnant--with Niven realizing the error and substituting aspirin again. Niece Geeson has exhausted her supply of birth control pills and winds up becoming pregnant as well. Eventually Kerr does become pregnant, but because

Niven's mistress has run off on him, he decides he doesn't want to go through with the divorce; but it comes to pass anyway. In the end, however, everyone winds up with the proper match. The excellent cast make their characters complex and interesting, providing for some good comic situations. But

the entire plot does not hold up. The original director Cook, after being well into the project, developed "differences of opinion" with the producers and quit. Ronald Neame took over, maintaining Cook's tone and style.

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