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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE - DVD Movie
Julie Andrews is at her peak of adorability in this enjoyable and surprisingly sarcastic spoof of the 1920s. It has every trick: occasional silent-movie intertitles, flapper lingo "Oh, banana oil", and a laughable plot about women being sold into white slavery by the scheming manageress splendid Beatrice Lillie of a Hotel for Ladies, aided by a cabal of wicked Chinese. The stereotypes are bearable only if you remember this is a spoof of silent movie melodrama. Even with able support from Mary Tyler Moore and James Fox, this is Julie's show; she plays to the camera with the collusion of director George Roy Hill, who's clearly smitten with her silly streak. The movie has an annoying tendency to spend time on musical numbers--a Jewish wedding, a vaudeville act--that don't serve the plot. A future Broadway musical would create a new score, except for the delightfully catchy title tune. --Robert Horton