Taxi Girl (1977)

3.5 out of 5

Even though the opening credits scene consists of the not displeasing aesthetics of Edwige Fenech's norks it would be unfair to write off this Luciano Martino produced film as simply a sex comedy despite the amount of flesh on display. Amongst the madcap moments there is a romance and even a crime story and a number of familiar cultural references of the day are used including a scene involving a communist meeting, the filming of a poliziotteschi film, the namechecking of Franco Nero and a poster for Squadra antiscippo is shown a number of times in this hyperactive J and B fuelled comedy.

Michele Massimo Tarantini brings us funny faced funny man Alvaro Vitali from his Gloria Guida vehicle La liceale and reunites George Hilton and Fenech.

A belly dancing scene as Edwige Fenech wiggles in front of a sheik played by Franco Diogene who has a memorable blow up doll scene in Strip Nude For Your Killer clearly uses a skilled dancer stand in.

The concluding third consists of a car chase that begins in pure Eurocrime mode yet soon descends into mayham as a taxi splits in two, a device used many times including in Lucio Fulci's Operation St Peter and the ensemble crash through a film studio in a Blazing Saddles type moment. The film ends with the cast forming a circle, holding hands and dancing into the credits. Delightful.

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