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Lemon Popsicle 5 (Baby Love) 
Written by: on January 31st, 2014

Theatrical Release Date:
Israel, 1984
Director: Dan Wolman
Writers: Boaz Davidson, Eli Tavor, Dan Wolman
Cast: Yftach Katzur, Zachi Noy, Jonathan Sagall, Dvora Kedar, Menashe Warshavsky, Stefanie Petsch , Sabrina Cheval, Avi Hadash, Christine Zierl

Approximate Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full Frame
Rating: NR
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.

Dan Wolman takes over the director’s chair for the next two installments, and here he certainly breathes life into the series. He doesn’t stray far from the established formula, but he does do it bigger and better. It’s more raucous, funnier, and faster paced with the dramatic scenes being more intense and heartfelt. There is a certainly a case to be made that this is the best film of the series.

The boys are introduced in LP3 riding bicycles but here they are riding motorcycles. The sexual shenanigans include an episode with a dental assistant: Momo goes first then Yudale next but . . . . There’s another blonde bombshell cousin staying with Benzi (her strip dance routine at the party is a highlight). The central plot involves Momo’s hypocritical and rather misogynist attitude towards romance and his little sister having a crush on Benzi. The Three Stooges aspect remains, but the James Dean / Rebel Without A Cause influence is heavily emphasized and the film is replete with chicken [motorcycle] races at the edge of a cliff.

The DVD:

This presentation is fullscreen and includes a huge soundtrack of golden oldies.  Hebrew language with English and Hebrew subtitles.

Sometimes a cover group can provide a different perspective that improves upon the original performance of a song. Ask the Rolling Stones, since they basically started out that way. Just as Boaz Davidson transcended his original films with the Last American Virgin adaptation, so did Dan Wolman trump that with Baby Love.

Note: The blonde bombshell is Dolly Dollar / Christine Zierl who had earlier appeared with Zachi Noy (Yudale) in the 1978 German teen sex comedy Popcorn und Himbeereis (credited as Christine Gianna). The title translates as Popcorn and Raspberry Ice Cream and was obviously inspired by the first Lemon Popsicle film. You can get an eyeful of her there; her [brief] scenes with Zachi Noy are quite innocent and sweet – even if she is full frontally nude. She also does an impressive song and dance number in Cola, Candy, Chocolate trying to out female impersonate a guy in drag (not Zachi Noy, but it should have been). She displays a bit more than cleavage there, as well.

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