First 20 minutes or so with Felicity and I really didn't know what to think of her. Innocent catholic schoolgirl comes to terms with her sexuality, eh seems pretty pedestrian. Over the top narration describing to the viewer how Felicity discovers beauty in not only her puberty cycle but also those of her female school chums? Is this the way that young girls really talk? Is this really what it's like when a girl goes through puberty and becomes a woman? Poetic inner monologues bouncing through her head as she discovers the beauty in a tuft of hair between her legs while showering? Do young girls really find the joys in a perverted peeping groundskeeper that they can shrug off with a wink and a smile? Do they enjoy panty and bra shopping as a sexually ambiguous Mr. Roper look-a-like sneaks a peek while he munches down on some panties? OR...is this the male perspective/fantasy shining through and a cheap excuse for a musical montage? And really, who the hell eats a candy bar like this anyway? Anyone?
Regardless, the story of Felicity starts off a bit sexy and a whole lotta silly. And while the film remains sexy throughout (no lie, Felicity is easily one of the sexiest soft core films I've ever seen) by the end of the film, the sexy remains, yet the silly has been traded in for sentimental. Instantly turning this film into a must see for genre fans. It's an utterly enjoyable soft-core romp in the end that manages to transcend your typical late night skin flick fare by a country mile.
There's not much more to tell you about the story that I haven't already. Felicity escapes the 'boredom' of the all girls' school with a trip from daddy to Hong Kong. Before she even gets on the plane Felicity practically confesses her plan. And this is only magnified by the couple she conveniently spies on during flight joining the mile high club. What's it like to have a man lying next to you that you can have whenever you want? This is the thought Felicity ponders throughout. But Felicity is not just throwing herself out there for anyone, although to be fair, she does lose her virginity on the hood of a sports car at the crotch of a creepy man and his tremendous moustache.
Felicity experiences bath houses with her friend Me Ling (Joni Flynn) and wanton sex from behind while on a boat of sexual depravity. Eventually she meets a nice young man named Miles (Christopher Milne), a photojournalist who only has a few days before he has to leave for assignment. While she's ready to dive right in, Miles is the reluctant one knowing that he only has a short amount of time to spare. The two are inseparable for a few days, until he parts and Felicity discovers that her heart has been broken. For dear sweet Felicity seems to have fallen in love.
Featuring fun on location scenes throughout Hong Kong, even if the story of Felicity was just a run of the mill sexual romp in the end, it'd still make for a heck of a travelogue. This footage ads tremendous value and another level of visual enjoyment to the film. Beyond this, the film is successful in its characters' transitions throughout. Once we get past the silly, these characters motivations and actions seem even more believable. The coming of age story truly takes shape, and if you were to strip away all of the sex from the film it would have the potential to be on par (well, maybe slightly on par) with some of the worlds greatest 'girls coming of age' flicks like Little Darlings. The dialogue and interaction between Felicity and her peers is very enjoyable.
The film looks quite nice in its original aspect ratio and while colors are a bit muted throughout, the overall look of the film seems to be preserved nicely. The original mono track gets the job done, and the recurring Linda George theme song "Mama's Little Girl No More" (a truly spectacular 70's era AM Gold style song) sounds great in both the movie and over the disc menus. Extras include an 'intimate' still gallery, a gratuitous trailer (which one could also describe as being intimate, if one were so inclined) and an audio commentary with director John D. Lamond and 'Mama's Little Girl' herself, Glory Annen. The commentary is fun and informative and a nice addition to the overall package. This one comes highly recommended.