In WITH SIX YOU GET EGGROLL, Abby McClure, a widow with three sons, and Jake Iverson, a widower with a teen-age daughter, begin dating and eventually decide to get married. But they're not prepared for the hostile reaction... more »s from their children, who are not very excited about the new union between the two families.« less
Paul Brogan | Portsmouth, NH United States | 10/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
""With Six You get Eggroll" bowed in the nation's theatres in August of 1968. It quickly became a popular success at the box-office thanks, in large part, to the enduring popularity of the film's star, Doris Day. Although some critics compared it, unfairly, to another comedy success, "Yours Mine, and Ours", "Eggroll" can more than stand on it's own merits.The story about a widow with three children who falls in love with a widower with one daughter, is not new or original. However, thanks to a charming script, smooth direction by Howard Morris and the cast headed by Day and Brian Keith, who have a great onscreen chemistry, it's a delight. By the film's conclusion, audiences have shed a few tears and had more than a few laughs.Doris Day plays the 40ish widow with charm, sex appeal, and a great deal of warmth. She is completely convincing and it's in her small touches that she especially proves her mettle as one of the most natural screen actresses ever. Keith is manly and real, and the supporting cast which includes Pat Carroll, Alice Ghostley, George Carlin, Barbara Hershey, Jamie Farr, and the popular rock group, The Grass Roots, lend credible support.While the film, the first production of the CBS film wing, may betray it's television roots, seeming at times like a pilot for a sitcom, it is ultimately a fine working of a winning formula.This was Day's cinema swan song, after two decades of enormous popularity, and it's a film that none of the participants need feel anything but pride in."
This "Eggroll" is stuffed with laughs!
Paul Brogan | Portsmouth, NH United States | 10/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Released in August of 1968, this fast and funny comedy turned out to be Doris Day's cinema swan song, after twenty years as a major star in the Hollywood firmament. Luckily, it'll be remembered for being a notable success at the box-office and on many other fronts including it's sterling cast headed by Day, Brian Keith, Barbara Hershey. George Carlin, Pat Carroll, Alice Ghostley, Vic Tayback, Jamie Farr and other capable character actors and actresses.While on first glimpse, it might be unfairly compared to "Yours, Mine, and Ours", another 1968 success, or the later television series, "The Brady Bunch", "Eggroll" more than holds it's own by endearingly telling the story of a widow and widower who fall in love and in spite of the machinations of their children, manage to wed and live happily ever after. The film's strengths are in the individual scenes and set pieces that establish the characters and situations with plenty of heart and lots of belly laughs.Doris Day, playing a role close to her own age at the time, shows why she remained a favorite with audiences for so many years. She is natural, real, wonderful! There isn't a false moment in her portrayal of a 40ish widow and pundits who talk about "The Constant Virgin" roles she allegedly played have obviously never seen one of her films or studied the effortless way in which she lends credibility to every role she plays. She is sexy, warm, womanly and she and Keith have great chemistry.It's a delightful romp for all concerned, especially the audience, who'll come away happily smiling and asking, "Why don't they make comedies like that anymore". Luckily for us, it's still highly watchable!"
Doris's great farewell film performance
Simon Davis | 05/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""With Six You Get Eggroll" marks rather sadly the farewell performance of Doris Day before she ventured into television and while this film is not as well known as some of her classic films like "Pillow Talk" or "Lover Come Back" really she could not have chosen a better film vechicle for her last performance."Eggroll" is a delightful , fun film which is often unfairly labelled solely as a "Family Film" and not much else. Certainly it is that, but there is also alot for the adults to enjoy as well. It is one of my favourite Doris Day performances and she does a wonderful job as the widow raising 3 boys who meets, falls in love with, and then marries a widower with one teenage girl. The resulting chaos produces many highly amusing situations that all of us can identify with. The whole issue of "us" and "them", "home territory" and how to protect it from "outsiders" is beautifully handled.Doris Day plays her role with the smooth ease that her years of experience has taught her. In "Eggroll" she is sexy, and handles her role in a most realistic manner. She is at times loving, caring and warm, at other times frustrated and angry and just plan fed up with the whole situation which adds a truthful air to the whole proceedings. She is aided very well by Brian Keith who rather unexpectedly displays a terrific chemistry on screen with Doris. Theirs is a very honest and realistic coupling and they make "Eggroll" a super viewing experience.The film benefits from its terrific supporting cast from Pat Carroll as Doris's match making sister to the wacky Alice Ghostley as the maid who always has a comment on each situation. The film boasts appearances by Jamie Farr (pre M*A*S*H)and William Christopher also pre M*A*S*H. The film also marked the feature film debut of Barbara Hershey and most of the dramatic tension in the story revolves around her characters ajustment to the merging of the two families. She delivers a wonderful performance for someone of her age and it isn't hard to see why she had such a great future ahead of her in films."With Six You Get Eggroll" is a fitting finish to Doris Day's film career. With times changing in the late 60's her style of sophisticated movie making was sadly going out and it is nice that she has left such a wonderful legacy on film. I strongly recommend this film to you and like me I'm sure you will enjoy it time and time again and see that it forever remains fresh and is first class entertainment."
Day lights up the screen in her final film role
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 11/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"WITH SIX YOU GET EGGROLL is a charming family comedy, in the vein of "Yours, Mine and Ours" and "The Brady Bunch". This film marked the last for Doris Day (who then concentrated on her hit television sitcom before gracefully retiring from the spotlight). She plays Abby McClure, a widow with three boys. Her sister (Pat Carroll) pushes her into a date with fellow widower Jake Iverson (Brian Keith), who has a teenage daughter (Barbara Hershey).
Bonding over their collective experiences, Abby and Jake fall in love and get married secretly in Vegas, to the horror of their children! This family comedy zips along nicely, much of the credit goes to Day who turns some fairly ho-hum dialogue and scenes into gold. Brian Keith is ably-partnered and the young Barbara Hershey reveals the acting talent she would successfully hone in later years. Pat Carroll and Alice Ghostley shine in comedic support roles (look closely for Jackie Joseph in the early party scene; she would later be a regular on "The Doris Day Show").
Paramount's DVD offers no extras but the anamorphic image is bright, colourful and remarkably-free from dirt and debris."
Better than the Brady Bunch
M. Mantoudakis | New Jersey | 08/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you love the Brady Bunch, this is the movie for you. The movie is very real, down to earth, and busy professional people (especially ladies) could identify with the lead character. Although the Brady Bunch shown an unreal, perfect world, this movie pulls you into real, imperfect situations. The pressure to keep up with a successful business, being a mother of three boys, and dealing with society's expectation to also be in a successful relationship and married are brought to light in this entertaining, super-funny comedy. Brian Keith is also great in his portrayal of a professional dealing with his new-found relationship and super-bratty daughter. The good in everyone shines through by the end, leaving the audience not being able to discriminate between tears of laughter and the couple of sentimental tears. Another great Doris Day comedy."