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Primed for a Movie that Ultimately Disappointed Me
on June 29, 2002
Being that I was going off to Scotland last summer, I rented any movie that had a connection however vague to that country, and so "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", set in Edinburgh, was a prime candidate. I knew that Maggie Smith had gotten herself an Oscar with the title role, I'd heard the opening credits song for ages on WPAT old standards station, and I'd seen it lampooned briefly in MAD magazine as The Prime of Miss Jean's Body. In short, I was looking forward quite keenly to seeing this film.
I dinna' like it atall!
No, I found Miss Jean herself tiresome, and I don't know, 1960s juvenile sexpots like her impressionable young student always depress me. They just make life seem both dreary and lurid at the same time--yucky! Frankly, it was easier for me to tolerate seeing her naked in the art teacher's flat than to see her putting on her drab school uniform and big bloomer underpants.
Take a stab at it if you wish, but I was very disappointed with this much-talked-about film.