Keeping Mum (2006)



Critic Consensus: The stellar cast, including Kristin Scott Thomas and Dame Maggie Smith, is certainly an asset, but this black comedy is too uneven.

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Reverend Walter Goodfellow, a bumbling town vicar, lives with his wife Gloria and his two children (Holly who has a new boyfriend every week and Petey who is the whipping boy for the school bullies) in the small English town of Little Wallop. Gloria desperately tries to keep up appearances as the Vicar's wife but she's finding that her children and her hapless husband are just not enough for her any more, so she's planning to run off with Lance her American golf instructor. Totally confused with … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content/nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Russo, Niall Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 20, 2007
Box Office: $1.5M
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as Gloria Goodfellow

as Grace Hawkins

as Holly Goodfellow

as Peter Goodfellow

as Mrs. Parker

as Rosie Jones

as Mr. Brown

as Bob (Pond Workman)

as Ted (Pond Workman)

as Mrs. Martin

as Vicar's Convention M...

as Reverend Campbell

as Billy Martin the bul...

as Train Ticket Colllec...

as Police Interrogator

as The Judge

as Mark, boyfriend 1

as David, boyfriend 2

as Grant The Goth, Boy...

as Jeremy Z, boyfriend...

as TV Chat Show Present...

as TV Chat Show Pundit

as TV Chat Show Pundit

as Billy Martin's Gang

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as Clarence the Dog

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Critic Reviews for Keeping Mum

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (31)

A dark comedy that isn't dark or particularly funny, Keeping Mum ends up being an exercise in heavy-handed whimsy.

Full Review… | October 26, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A meek little diversion, nothing more.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Don't expect Rowan Atkinson in full Bean or Blackadder flight: this is much more delicate Country Life comeuppance at the hands of a deliciously dark fairy godmother.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009

Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean") plays straight-man Reverend Walter Goodfellow to Grace Hawkins (acted with keen wit by Maggie Smith) his genteel serial-killer housekeeper in this delicious British black comedy.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009

An insufferable British dark comedy in the tradition of other happy-horseshit classics

Full Review… | August 7, 2007
Film Freak Central

The problem with Keeping Mum is that the slaughter is very real and, worse, the victims are often innocent or otherwise undeserving of their fate.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Keeping Mum



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Super Reviewer

i love this movie, i find it so funny and its the best british comedy of the year!!
i love the cast and i love the story its thoroughly entertaining!!
Maggie smith plays a murderer who has gotten out of prison/mental facility and has come to visit her daughter but without literally telling her daughter so shes come as a guest to look after the children!
its a really good movie and is completely worth the watch!!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Highly entertaining, good British black comedy. Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kirstin Scott Thomas and the rest of the cast are perfect. This is the most understated I have ever seen Atkinson, and marks an interesting evolution for him. Smith is absolutely superb as the straight actress playing the clowning criminal.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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