Written by: Carroll Jenkins on January 11th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: Israel, 1979
Director: Boaz Davidson
Writers: Boaz Davidson, Eli Tavor, Ken Globus
Cast: Yftach Katzur, Yvonne Michaels, Zachi Noy, Rachel Steiner, Jonathan Sagall, Dafna Armoni
Approximate Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew
Region Encoding: Region 2 PAL (Israel)
Retail Price: $89.95
Synopsis: The continuing exploits and escapades of Benzi, Yudale, and Momo. And Bracha.
In the first Lemon Popsicle Rachel Steiner played Nili’s friend Bracha who was as hopelessly infatuated with Benzi as he was with Nili. This time she’s elevated to a leading role and becomes a major player in the game of romantic musical chairs. Now she’s Yudale’s girlfriend but still only has eyes for Benzi.
As for Benzi, he has a new undying love at first sight, Tammy. And who wouldn’t, as Yvonne Michaels is the perfect image of a Jewish Princess. So as Benzi courts Tammy and Yudale dates Bracha and Momo makes with everyone else but really just wants to score a conquest with Tammy . . .
This second release does feature a few of the trademark raunchy sexploits of our dapper trio, but mostly it delves into the characters and relationships that were only touched upon in the first installment. As the parents of these juvies (Benzi and Tammy) become more that mere background props and a semi-comical motorcycle rat pack is incorporated, the simultaneously symbiotic and parasitic relationship of the three pals is examined under a microscope. All that was under the surface in LP1 comes bubbling up and boiling over in LP2. It’s not as salacious but it is better scripted, directed, acted, and more satisfying on an emotional level. This film realizes that it’s main characters are all three selfish jerks, and it’s not afraid to demonstrate exactly that. It really comes down to personal preference which is the stronger of the two films. Let’s just say they complement each other – LP2 is a continuation, embellishment and maturation of LP1.
This presentation is non-anamorphic widescreen, but certainly not 2:35 as in the German release. The print has a little damage in spots and is a bit soft to zoom to 16:9; best to view as is. The soundtrack is again comprised of golden oldies but there are fewer tracks this time around.
LP2 is not the ground breaking raunchy sex comedy that LP1 was; but it is, nevertheless, the perfect sequel. It’s just as good as the original but different, as it should be.
Note: This release is part of a eight film box set which also contains seven more Lemon Popsicle films.