The Search for John Gissing (2001)




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Alan Rickman and Janeane Garofalo headline writer/director Mike Binder's comedy about an American businessman who is summoned to London under the auspice of overseeing an impending business merger, only to discover that he is actually being groomed to replace his British counterpart - who unfortunately has no intentions of giving up his job. Matthew Barnes (Binder) and his wife (Garofalo) thought they were going to London for a brief business trip, little did they realize Matthew's employer had something a bit more permanent in mind. It seems that the powers that be would like to see Matthew's British counterpart John Gissing (Rickman) fired, and would love for Matthew to step in as his official replacement. But John is no dummy, and he's seen this storm brewing on the horizon for quite some time. Now, instead of stepping down peacefully and allowing the situation to play out as his superiors have planned, John schemes to make the American couple's stay in London as unpleasant as humanly possible by sending them on a series of disastrous and humiliating misadventures.
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Mike Binder
as Matthew Barnes
Janeane Garofalo
as Linda Barnes
Alan Rickman
as John Gissing
Sonya Walger
as Sister Mary
Juliet Stevenson
as Gwyneth Moore
Alan Corduner
as Francois Fuller
Owen Teale
as Giles Hanagan
James Lance
as Donny
Lee Oaks
as Carl Gissing
Angela Pleasence
as Johanna Freilduct
Tim Briggs
as Hotel Clerk
Caroline Holdaway
as Gissing's Assistant
Frank Harper
as Dexter
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Critic Reviews for The Search for John Gissing

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

A refreshing antidote to gross-out comedies, this is a very funny film, sometimes uproariously so, but it's also low-key and measured.

Full Review… | August 11, 2008
Top Critic

A serviceable comedy; uneven, but offers laughs throughout and doesn't make any serious mistakes

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
Movie Habit

In the midst of all this running around Binder finds a lulling tone, thanks mainly to the quality of the performances.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

It's Rickman who runs away with the whole film by running the gamut from teflon smoothie to desperate madman.

August 5, 2007
Groucho Reviews

It's loaded with witty dialogue, and the use of jump cuts gives the movie a distinctive look and a harried, discombobulated pace that absolutely suits the material.

July 18, 2007
Apollo Guide

Warring tactics in and out of a London boardroom suggest a Molière farce with the characters and plot to carry it off.

Full Review… | July 12, 2007
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I enjoyed this film. It was carried almost entirely by Alan Rickman's impressive acting skills. The rest of the cast just seemed to get in the way. The film had a good idea though and some parts were funny. I did get a sort of In the Loop or The Office UK or The Devil Wears Prada vibe which I liked. And I got to see a bit of London. Still, much of it was just off, the actors and actresses tried but they just came off as if they'd stepped out of a half-baked romantic comedy. As I said, only Rickman's expressive eyebrows and facial expressions made this film worthwhile - but his efforts were enough to make me wish this film had wider release.

Barbara  Richards
Barbara Richards

"until you look in the dictionary and look up the word 'Fine' it means were fucked, ok fucked" Hehe Alan Rickman ! I couldnt wait to get this, i imported it from america and even though it cost me loads it was so worth it! It was funny, interesting and alan rickman looked so gorgeous! The story was interesting and funny and really good probably better than what i thought ! It was about mike binder coming from chicago to replace john gissing but becuase john gissing finds out he messes about with him before they finally decide to join each other and fuck with the company! A really good movie written from mike binder and really fun to watch! Worth a watch! especially alan rickman gorgeously brilliant! Alan Rickman at the end of the movie was fantastic at tap dancing, probably the most funniest and cutest thing to watch in my life!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Like Alan Rickman, did NOT like this movie. Unsurprisingly Gissing's character was the only reasonably decent one, the others were pap, especially including the faar too attractive 'nun' (yes, yes, she was a plant, but the point still holds). No, utterly predictable misdirectional schtick. Can it, file it, bag it, it is dead.

Col Mongol
Col Mongol

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