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.


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
Lee Oaks
as Carl Gissing
Angela Pleasence
as Johanna Freilduct
Tim Briggs
as Hotel Clerk
Caroline Holdaway
as Gissing's Assistant
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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.

Aug 12, 2008 | Full Review…
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A serviceable comedy; uneven, but offers laughs throughout and doesn't make any serious mistakes

Aug 30, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Aug 30, 2007 | Full Review…

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

Aug 5, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

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.

Jul 18, 2007 | Rating: 80/100

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

Jul 12, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Search for John Gissing

"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!

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