The Family Way (1966)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Farce, Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This gently farcical British comedy stars Hayley Mills and Hywel Bennett as Jenny and Arthur, a young couple who have just gotten married. However, while both of them are filled with anticipation for their honeymoon, a practical joke played by their "friends" causes their bed to collapse just as they're about to consummate their relationship. Through a variety of misfortunes, they end up spending the night at the home of Arthur's parents, where nervousness and a certain lack of privacy make it difficult for them to enjoy their first night together as they'd wish. While a bit of frank language and some fleeting nudity by former child star Hayley Mills generated a certain amount of controversy upon first release, by today's standards The Family Way is more easily seen as the compassionate relationship comedy its creators intended. The Family Way is also of note to Beatles fans as the first film scored by Paul McCartney.

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girl, teenagers, bride, collapse, coming-of-age, couple, family, father, groom [bridegroom], honeymoon, house, husband, impotence [lack of power], love, marriage, newlywed, parent, prank, problems, purity, sexual-awakening, smoking, virgin, wedding, wife