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Maid to Order

Because Amy Jones signed this as co-screenwriter, it must be dismissed as a hopeless case, its premises and consequences being simply a tangled mess of ill-conceived presuppositions, at best. However, there is more to be said.

Since the Management Revolution hit Hollywood, a curious phenomenon has taken place: it is now common to see actors in false positions they are capable of ennobling with their art in a sort of thrilling isolation. Here you see Dick Shawn in abstraction personifying a character as well as the indefinable substance Senator Kennedy called Courage. Similarly, Valerie Perrine’s ass in riding-breeches is wit on wheels. Beverly D’Angelo’s Stella the Fairy Godmother simply registers the enjoyment to be had in exercising such powers “in a void.”