Video Review

Classic Dating Tips (1991)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Documentary, Historical, Romance; Distributor: Worldwide Home Video

Part of a new series of repackaged U.S. government films from the 1950s and '60s, Classic Dating Tips offers two featurettes produced by the Navy in 1966 as etiquette guides for officer candidates. Both films compare the behavior of a Midshipman Right with that of a Midshipman Wrong as they try to navigate uncharted social waters and reach safe harbor without running aground on Faux Pax Beach — taking their dates to restaurants, movie theaters, small parties, large social functions, and private dinners. While unmistakably — and unsurprisingly — sexist by contemporary standards, the witty and inventive productions mostly prove that ''good manners'' are simply acts of consideration. (Tips also includes a late-'40s teen-dating film that is marginally interesting as a social curio.) B+

Originally posted Aug 23, 1991 Published in issue #80 Aug 23, 1991 Order article reprints