All The Queen's Men (2001)
Movie InfoA few good men are sent on a secret mission as a few good women in this comic tale of wartime espionage, loosely based upon a true story. Steven O'Rourke (Matt LeBlanc) is an American intelligence agent who, during World War II, has been assigned to obtain an Enigma machine, a special encoding-and-decoding device that Axis forces have developed to transmit their most sensitive secret information. A working Enigma machine would be invaluable to the Allied cause; O'Rourke is able to obtain a machine, but Col. Aiken (Edward Fox), a British officer whose stiff upper lip sometimes overwhelms his common sense, mistakes O'Rourke for a plunderer and destroys the previous gadget, which is hidden in a typewriter. An altercation with Aiken lands O'Rourke in military prison, but he's released in time to carry out a new plan to obtain an Enigma for Allied use. A small factory has been set up in rural Germany to build the machines, which is entirely staffed by women, so O'Rourke, communications expert Johnno (David Birkin), and veteran intelligence man Archie (James Cosmo) are to infiltrate the plant disguised as women, with Tony (Eddie Izzard), an agent who moonlights as a drag performer, giving the men a crash course in looking and acting like women. All the Queen's Men also features Nicolette Krebitz as Romy, a double agent working at the Enigma plant, and Udo Kier as Lansdorf, a Nazi general. … More
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Critic Reviews for All The Queen's Men
Not bad enough to qualify as a memorable dud, multinational production nonetheless misses mark on every level.
What we have here isn't a disaster, exactly, but a very handsomely produced let-down.
Not only does LeBlanc make one spectacularly ugly-looking broad, but he appears miserable throughout as he swaggers through his scenes.
I can imagine this movie as a b&w British comedy, circa 1960, with Peter Sellers, Kenneth Williams, et al., but at this time, with this cast, this movie is hopeless.
Um filme que Joey, personagem de LeBlanc em Friends, certamente poderia ter protagonizado.
There is more than one joke about putting the toilet seat down. And that should tell you everything you need to know about All the Queen's Men.
Ruzowitzky has taken this mothball-y stuff and made a rather sturdy, old-fashioned entertainment out of it.
Fails to satisfactorily exploit its gender politics, genre thrills or inherent humor.
This ostensibly comedic film contains absolutely no funny moments whatsoever and is basically a war flick that fails to provide any sense of urgency, suspense or concern for the good guys' well-being.
Maybe LeBlanc thought, "Hey, the movie about the baseball-playing monkey was worse."
Afraid to pitch into farce, yet only half-hearted in its spy mechanics, All the Queen's Men is finally just one long drag.
The pacing is often way off and there are too many bona fide groaners among too few laughs.
A lame comedy.
Audience Reviews for All The Queen's Men
This film is very silly but really very funny! I haven't laughed so consistently through a film in ages!More
If you can get past the incredibly bad beginning, it's actually not too shabby. Well, ok, it is...but Eddie and Udo make it bearable.More
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