Young Jenny Bunn (Hayley Mills) heads to the South of England to start a new career as a school teacher. Even before she has had a chance to settle in she meets Patrick Standish (Oliver Reed), one of the local “lads”. Within a short time, she has her hands full when several of the local boys take a liking to her. But who will be the lucky one who wins her affections?
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User Reviews: Already out of its time when it was released, ‘Take a Girl Like You’ focuses mainly on Jenny Bunn (Hayley Mills), a young teacher hanging onto her virtue in pursuit of love, and Patrick Standish (Oliver Reed), a flash bohemian trying to break through her resolve. With a swinging soundtrack from the likes of the Foundations and Ram John Holder, this tale is slight but watchable.
A good supporting cast – Ronald Lacey, Aimi Macdonald, Sheila Hancock, Noel Harrison, plus an early teaming for Johns Bird and Fortune, foreshadowing their head to head skits for Rory Bremner – helps this film to stay afloat, while Reed is the perfect charmer for the rather wet Mills.
Not bad, but perhaps too hopelessly dated to work even as a quirky original. From a novel by Kingsley Amis, adapted by George Melly, and directed by Jonathan Miller.