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A candy-colored update of a Dutch TV series from the ’60s, Yes Nurse! No Nurse! has an occasional from-Mars appeal, as the mildly cracked denizens of the rest home (say it with me: rusthuis) run by Nurse Klivia (Loes Luca) burst into song with cheerful abandon. Styles range from cabaret to barbershop to toe-tapping bubblegum, and the rainy-day serenade at the start nods Cherbourgward, with a soupçon of Low Countries sass (“But walk a little faster, please/I badly need the loo”). Our kind but firm nurse is of the mind that “everyone should do what he enjoys/But don’t make too much noise”; alas, her fun-squashing, literally scenery-chewing landlord (Paul Kooij) likes nothing more than bringing Klivia and crew to court for disturbing the peace. He’s a bit tiresome (and a bit gay!), and the vague story line begins to gasp about halfway through. It’s all an excuse for some daft production numbers, however, and a chance to relive the vanished Holland of your youth. Yes Nurse? No Nurse? Maybe Nurse!

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