Passion Potion (1971)

Much like a horrible fungus British sex comedies have a way of growing on you, and the Jezebel DVD releases are always the very best of the very worst when it comes to British sex comedies. It’s par for the course that “comedy” part of British sex comedies is largely a misnomer, but in the case of this film the “sex” part pretty much is as well. There’s some pretty girls in this including Andrea Allen from “Scream and Die”, Italian cannibal movie cutie Me Me Lai, and Madeline and Mary Collinson from Hammer’s “Twins of Evil”, but aside from some very brief nudity by one of the Collinson twins there’s not much here in terms of anything resembling sex.

The plot involves two male scientists who invent a cologne that makes women fall in love (and into bed) with them. Instead of turning over their findings to their supervisors, they set up a love nest in order to conduct their own further “tests” on the effectiveness of their new love potion. The potion causes women to imagine our heroes are their fantasy lovers. One German girl, for instance, imagines one of the protagonists is Adolf Hitler!(Since this was made in the early 70’s and the actress doesn’t look any older than twenty-five, I can only imagine that she must had some kind of infant crush on that sexy beast Hitler during waning days of World War II). I suspect Germans might find this movie somewhat offensive, but then, aside from me and a lot of no doubt very dissatisfied British pud-pullers in the 1970’s, I doubt too many people have seen it.

The two heroes are not very sympathetic, not only because they’re taking advantage of the women, but also because they’re both married and cheating on their wives. But the bigger problem is they’re not very funny either. These movies do have a pretty limited appeal in general, but even if you’re one of the few who do like them, I would recommend pretty much ANY of the other Jezebel releases over this one. None of these Btitish sex comedies really succeed as “comedies”, but at least the others have SOME “sex” in them.