And a real smooth operator, As she cruises down the corridors of State. She may look like a desert flower, But look out - she'll devour, Just anyone who cares to take the bait.
Mm-hmm, mh-hmm fat bass line , Now she's finished with the U. Mm-hmm, mh-hmm, Look out, London, Bunny's on her way. You don't have to be presidential, As long as you're influential, You'll find that you're the apple of her eye. Though her daddy has tried to scold her, And many have tried to hold her, She flits and flirts just like a butterfly. The Bunny Caper or Sex Play , a nudity-only sex comedy that made the rounds of drive-ins and second run houses looking to fill the bottom of a naughty double bill.
Probably only of note because of its director Hollywood pro Jack Arnold , Games Girls Play tries for a playful, lighthearted tone in its strictly "R"-rated sitcom framework, but the gags fall flat something that can't be said for our lovely leading ladies long before the final fade-out, leaving viewers with a tame peep-fest as their only consolation. Not content to play with just boys at her school, Bunny has graduated to sleeping with men - specifically, those in increasingly powerful positions within the government and military.
Having slept her way to the top with a powerful general, that same general becomes nervous that Bunny might become a security risk, and hatches a plan to fob off Bunny's father who has given quite a bit of money to the President's election campaign with an ambassadorship to England - with Bunny in tow.
Landing in England, Randolph reaches the end of his rope with Bunny when she seduces Lord Teakwood David Beale in the taxi ride from the airport to their flat in London proper "Won't the statue of Nelson be coming up?
Banishing her to a prim, restrictive all-girl boarding school in the country, Randolph hopes to avoid scandal by keeping Bunny under wraps. Once at school, though, Bunny proves to be a corrupting influence. With her three new roommates - Christine, the red head Jill Damas ; Sal the brunette Drina Pavlovic ; and Jackie the blonde Jane Anthony - Bunny sets out to break all the rules like swimming nude in the school pool.
When not ducking the advances of lesbian school administrator Harriet Sarah Brackett , Bunny is thinking up new schemes to satisfy her sexual appetites and her need to embarrass authority.
And her latest one is a real wowser. Apparently, there's a conference going in London for nuclear disarmament, with dignitaries visiting from China and Russia, among others countries including Bunny's father, who's a participant, as well. Finding out that her roommates are backwards in the ways of sex they're all virgins , Bunny hatches a plan to infiltrate the conference, with the girls each getting their own dignitary as a sex partner.
Ducky Erin Geraghty , the school's wallflower and resident photographer, will document the liaisons as proof. But of course, all sorts of wacky things go wrong with the plan Jackie, for instance, is reluctantly gang-raped by the visiting Chinese ping-pong team , before Bunny's plan almost causes an international incident.
You can't really hate Games Girls Play because it's so innocuous and ineptly put together that you feel more sorry for it than offended by it. Playing like a Playboy cartoon with all the smut erased, Games Girls Play has so little going for it that eventually, you just zone out, and stare at the naked girls while 88 minutes creep by at a snail's pace it seems at least twice as long. And if you're looking for harder thrills here, forget it. Nudity is the film's only draw - no vulgarity and no simulations.
And while there's nothing wrong with that, it gets old fast, particularly when the film is so fundamentally unfunny. While I don't demand that the premise make any sense because it doesn't - why doesn't Bunny just sleep with any man?
Why always someone in power? The film won't say , couldn't it have at least made me laugh? After all, it's supposed to be a sex comedy. I suppose you could chuckle at Games Girls Play if you think "Wang Lo" is a funny name for someone Chinese, or if the line, from Bunny's father, "I just want to keep government out of you!
Which is kind of surprising, considering the talent involved behind the camera. Limpet, The Addams Family, Branded who had numerous credits to his name, and who penned a funny or at least I remember it as so little macabre piece called Arnold the year before Games Girls Play was released.
But here, the tired double entendres fall flat among the so-called "topical" political humor someone makes a call to, presumably, President Nixon, commenting on the televised football play the President submitted to the coach , making Games Girls Play come off like a really poor episode of Love, American Style - only with Karen Valentine and John Davidson naked.
Even worse is the direction by veteran cult director, Jack Arnold. Someone more versed in Jack Arnold auteurism needs to watch this film, because I couldn't "see" him anywhere in this slack, slipshod film. But even those frequent outings into TV were competently handled. Couldn't Arnold have managed to wrangle something, anything of worth out of Games Girls Play? Billy Wilder once famously argued that critics should know the whole story about a film's production and crew before rendering judgment on the film's particular worth or more to the point, its drawbacks ; he stated his bad back, more than anything else, compromised a couple of his films.
Wilder being Wilder, he was more than likely being facetious, but maybe there's more truth to that anecdote than many critics would care to believe. Perhaps by this point, Arnold just didn't really care anymore. That's certainly the feeling one gets when watching his haphazard framing, slack pacing, and desultory direction of the actors. Games Girls Play just lays there, flaccid. And who wants that in a sex comedy?
So we're left with a peep show, essentially, and that's good for about five minutes. Christina Hart, unabashedly nude full frontal throughout the film, is to be applauded, I suppose, for her uninhibited approach to the role, but she's all wrong for the part of Bunny. With her admirably sexy body, her bright, shiny, hard eyes, and that thin, cruel mouth, Hart's looks and demeanor were far more suited to playing villains on the screen, rather than "soft" characters like the constantly turned-on, ever-available, fun-loving nympho Bunny Hart will forever be remembered by me as the scary Patricia Krenwinkel in the original Helter Skelter TV movie - she was perfect.
And she's no comedian, either. Lines that might have had a chance with an actress who had some lightness and air, are leaden and flat when delivered by Hart to be fair, the other girls are even more hopeless, although seriously good-looking "Page 3 Girl" Drina Pavlovic is diverting at times. All that's left, then, for Games Girls Play, are some brief shots of London, a nicely funky theme song that promises a lot more fun than what's actually delivered think Maude filtered through Curtis Mayfield , and persistent, tame, and ultimately boring nudity.
While I'm still seeing major titles show up in flat, non-anamorphic widescreen or even pan-and-scanned presentations, Games Girls Play comes to DVD, rather shockingly, in an anamorphically enhanced, 1.
The print used isn't the greatest, though. Print damage is evident throughout Bunny's trip to the Palace is particularly rough, with lots of big scratches and screen dirt , and the washed-out color tends toward a pinkish hue "A pinkish hue? Still, considering the fact that probably nobody ever thought Games Girls Play would play past a three-day stint at the local drive-ins, this sharpish print is fairly nice in comparison to other similar films from that period.
The Dolby Digital English 2. English subtitles are available. And again, for a relatively obscure movie, I was surprised that there would be anything offered other than perhaps a trailer. An Interview with Christina Hart, running 9: Hart seems to be having a good time, looking back on the film, and her career in exploitation films.
Three TV spots are also included here all identifying the film under its original U. There's also an original theatrical trailer for The Bunny Caper, as well. All in all, not a bad collection of extras at all for such a minor film.
I don't mind watching Christina Hart strip down to nothing and frolic in a pool. She looks sensational, and one or two of the other girls look good, too. But what would have garnered my undivided attention back in as a horny pre-teen, today seems tame and flat if it had just been funnier Nostalgia for this particular title or films like it from that period would have to be about the only factor in your decision to either buy or rent this film; otherwise, you can safely skip Games Girls Play.
Paul Mavis is an internationally published film and television historian, a member of the Online Film Critics Society , and the author of The Espionage Filmography. What Do You Think?