Yes Nurse! No Nurse! is a campy Dutch musical comedy with gay sensibilities that tips its hat to the over the top Golden Age musicals. For trivia hounds, it's also based on a Dutch television series from the sixties.
Nurse Klivia (Loes Luca) runs a quirky little "rest home" for troubled individuals. And her mean, nasty landlord—and next door neighbor—Mr. Boordevol (Paul Kooij) doesn't like it, and will do anything to have her and her problem people evicted. And now, Nurse Klivia has a new resident—adorable muscle pretty boy Gerrit (Waldemar Torenstra), who follows wanna-be actress Jet (Tjitske Reidinga) home from a failed audition one day, after they engage in musical flirtation on the street. Gerrit is a cat burglar, and he wants to reform, so Klivia's family takes him in—after he steals something from Boordevol's home. Boordevol is onto them, and knows the Klivia household is covering up for Gerrit. And he sees this as an opportunity to finally close her down. But "the Engineer," a wacky scientist who lives in Klivia's basement, has created a pill that makes mean people nice. It seems like the perfect way to get Boordevol to lighten up. But the question is, how long does the pill last? And what's the mysterious relationship between Boordevol and the flamboyant hairdresser, Wouter, who just moved into the shop across the street??? Through a series of campy music and dance numbers, the intentionally cheesy plot unfolds.
I'll get this out of the way immediately. Gerrit is reason enough to watch this movie if you are a big fan of A&F pretty boys. He's a lean muscular blond with an adorably cocked smile, and a bubblicious butt. And he runs around in tighty whiteys and a wifebeater, and it's a very nice sight to see—and this is coming from a guy who is into the dark, hairy burly type…. Anyway, back to the movie. It goes beyond a cute face (and butt). It's actually a really funny campfest. The musical numbers range from top-down synchronized swimming-type routines (but the girls are not in water, so it's not swimming), to outrageous numbers where characters even breakdance to the traditional musical score (The song is called "Twip" I assume, and it's one of my favorite numbers in the whole show). It's all fun and silliness, even though the plot is rather thin. The setting sort of reminds me of the Skid Row streets of Little Shop of Horrors. There's a major gay thread in the film, but ironically, it's never blown out of proportion or verbally expressed as a gay situation. It's just there and is what it is. The only real problem I had with this enjoyable musical farce that could very well become a big hit with a segment of gay men is that I think it would best be enjoyed if you understood Dutch and didn't have to read the subtitles. I would actually love to see this movie performed in English so I good focus more on the action than the subtitles. What also baffles me is, the Dutch lyrics I was hearing rhymed—and so did the English subtitles! They must have had one hell of a translator work meticulously on those subtitles!
The DVD is presented in anamorphic 1:85:1. For such a "colorful" movie, the disc could have had a better picture. What saves it is the excellent light/dark contrast, which allowed for some clarity. Otherwise, the image was exceptionally soft, the skin tones were too pale, there was not enough color saturation to show off the colorful sets and costumes, and the print was plagued by specs, dust and wear. I was given a promo copy, and all I can hope is that the transfer is fixed up in retail versions.
The 2.0 stereo audio track serves the musical score well, offering excellent bass response as well as clarity. There's excellent left/right travel which brings depth to the movie. Only wish this had been in 5.1!
The promo disc had no extras, and the DVD case, which looks like the official retail version with a promo sticker on it, didn't list any extras. The disc also launched right into the movie, first showing the trailer for the movie, and there were absolutely NO chapter breaks on the review copy. The film is in Dutch with English subtitles.
If you love camp, musical comedy and hot blond pretty boys in white briefs, then get your hands on Yes Nurse! No Nurse!. It's sure to be a fave of many a gay man.