Time: 110 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Jack Lemmon is one of cinema's greatest comedians and it's a real shame to see his talents trivialized in a film such as this. It's not that UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE is a bad film, it's just not worthy of his talent. A sex comedy without the sex, that relies mainly on Lemmon's performance as a man with only one thing on his mind...sleeping with as many young woman as possible. It's not that he's unbelievable as a no-good lothario, it's just that there's nothing else there. YUM YUM is actually a film about the joy of marriage and true love that takes the wacky road to getting its young lovers together. It tries to be a sexy, modern comedy, but it gets bogged down with old-fashioned values and downright silliness. This film is obviously trying to re-capture the sex appeal and wit of Lemmon's earlier romantic comedy THE APARTMENT, but it comes nowhere near the cleverness and pathos of that film. That's an off-beat love story I can get behind.
I guess the main problem with YUM YUM is that Lemmon is not the primary love interest, though he certainly does give it the old college try. He's relegated to playing second fiddle and becomes merely a pathetic shell of hormones as the film progresses. Mainly because it's made quite clear that he will not be getting the girl from the very beginning. So his antics become sad instead of funny. The object of his lust is the very pretty and extremely naive Robin (Lynley), a girl with a steady boyfriend and a crazy scheme about living together before marriage, without sex, to see if she and David (Jones) are truly compatible. David goes along with her proposal, but doesn't plan on waiting until the nuptials for marital relations. Mr. Hogan (Lemmon), their landlord, has other ideas, mainly to gain Robin for himself. Not that he wants to marry her, just get his hands on her yum yums, if you catch the drift. Not that you could miss it in this film.