Smarmy, sniggering, stupid, and senseless, THE STATUE takes a one-joke premise not even suitable for an eight-minute segment of the old TV series "Love, American Style" and blows it up into a full movie that is only made barely palatable by Niven's expert farcemanship, although one wonders
if he actually read the script before accepting the role. Niven is a busy linguist in England who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize for having devised a universal language. Vaughn is the US Ambassador to England and asks Niven's young, beautiful artist wife, Lisi, to sculpt a statue of Niven.
The statue is to be placed in Grosvenor Square in front of the Unispeak Foundation a...