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½ May 26, 2010
This is really good A Brit film hardly given much showing at the mainline cinemas Stars Burt Reynolds as a has been US star who is sent to the UK by his failing agent to help an amateur production company in Suffolk to save itself Burt Reynolds is superb as the has been US star superb back uprformances from Samantha Bond Imelda Staunton Derek Jacobi Charles Durning and other less known stars Is really funny in parts mostly at Reynolds expense which he takes well A great screenplay well directed and acted throughout If you missed it get the DVD
May 19, 2010
The funniest film I've seen in ages. I haven't laughed so much for a very long time.
½ May 19, 2010
I really wanted to love this film as I'm involved with my local drama group, but it never seemed to achieve the comic potential it deserved. It's enjoyable enough, and fine if you're looking for gentle british comedy.
May 19, 2010
Good movie - English humour, funny thespian mockery
½ May 19, 2010
whilst this movie tries to be cutesie, the sickeningly chiche'd shakespear theme made this movie rare, in the way that not many films are 90 minutes and make it feel like an eternity. absolute stinker.
May 5, 2010
A funny and charming little film, would watch it again...
April 9, 2010
Not bad british comedy mixing good british actors with holywood legend Burt Reynolds
April 4, 2010
this was so sweet i realllly enoyed it. Reynolds is deadpan and Bond really good!
½ March 3, 2010
Cute and quintessentially British. Consider it as a slightly softer Calendar Girls.
½ January 7, 2010
A predictable storyline, but charming and heartwarming. Good performances, in particuar Reynold and Jacobi, but pretty much what you'd expect from a Brit-Com.
December 27, 2009
Mainly good, bit slow in parts but it was a nice filem.
½ December 5, 2009
This is a film that, in the end, fails to find its rhythm. Some moments are delightful, but others are a comedy looking for its place. Is it a romance? Is it a fish out of water? Is it Grumpy Old Men in England? Is it a story about a father and a daughter? Is it about Hollywood and what it does to people and the purity of the stage? Well it is all of those things and none. The final product drops somewhere in between. While it is very capably acted, particularly by Derek Jacobi and Burt Reynolds, among others, the actors are never left to be the characters they portray as what is expected of them seems to change from scene to scene. The premise of the film is excellent and should have been a joy to shoot, but I am betting that in the end it was frustrating and ultimately confused.
October 30, 2009
Totally predictable, but decently charming movie.
½ October 7, 2009
Really enojoyed this one. Never thought I would see Burt Reynolds doing Shakespeare..and doing it well! Very cute and worth a watch!
½ October 5, 2009
Down at heel American showbiz agent sends has- been movie star (Burt Reynolds) to ?Stratford? to play Shakespeares? Lear? to get him off his back; you guessed it.. not THAT Stratford.
This is classic Brit-com (with a big emotional heart) at it?s best? think Notting Hill, Calender Girls etc. Thrown into the world of amateur theatre land in the back of beyond Jefferson Steele (Reynolds) plays LA Prima Donna to perfection, cool, subtle and very funny?. Almost blown off the screen by the fab Imelda Staunton as Mary, oozing lust and longing as his landlady and Samantha Bond as director Dorothy?. Derek Jacobi playing posh pompous as usual, I Claudius in a tweed toga. Every theatrical cliché ever coined is shamelessly and joyfully recruited and relished by this great cast.
Struggling to gain the respect of his daughter, sacked from the play after being wrongly accused of shagging the sponsors wife, Jefferson leaves ?Stratford? in his Winnebago (converted library van) pursued by Dorothy? and all the while the sentiments from Lear are played out .. ?a man more sinned against than sinner??. Anyway, all?s well that ends well? Jeff is a hero and a star, reconciliation, chorus of approval??? We all go home happy and warm???Showbiz J
August 29, 2009
Found it a bit slow going for most of the film, but it made up for itself in the last half hour or so, once they got to playing it for the audience. Enjoyed it but bit disappointed given the calibre of the actors involved.
½ August 29, 2009
It's a harmless, quite gentle film whose major weakness is that Burt Reynolds is far better when he has to be bad at Shakespeare than when he has to be good. You never get any sense of the stage presence he's supposed to have at the end.
Super Reviewer
August 23, 2009
reynolds plays a faded hollywood star going to england to unknowingly do a amatur play,doing shakespeare, it takes time to get use to reynolds charactor,as a stuck up star, but once there hes okay, quite aaverage story also, but it does have that english charmwhich keeps it going
gor41
Super Reviewer
July 30, 2009
Cosy am-dram luv in which is completely bland like a warm ovaltine on a Sunday night.
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