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Is this greatest Christmas film ever made? I think so! Lenny Henry is hilarious and Rowan Atkinson is a classic British bad guy. I watch this every Christmas, just totally feel good
Great fun Christmas story! Difficult to find a decent copy of this movie these days, which is a shame.
Nostalgic British Christmas classic. Possibly Lenny Henry's best movie.
it's not xmas till i've seen bernard get sacked, rowan atkinson playing the ultimate nasty boss, and gary lineker shouting "look mummy!!"
A fully-fledged bastard of a good Christmas movie.
This is a hilarious movie!
As a 90s BBC show the production values aren't high, but the casting is close to perfect and the jokes are literally-laugh-out-loud funny. Some nice touches are the reuse of certain scene themes to comic effect - such as the walk to his employers office at the beginning, set to an original, up-beat lyric song, followed by the walk from the office once he's been fired where all the gifts bestowed upon him in the first bit are stripped from him and the woman who kissed him slaps him instead.
Rowan Atkinson plays the main character's boss in the tone of his menacing persona from The Tall Guy, with a hint of Black Adder The Third, rather than his more famous but less vocal Mr. Bean. Alan Cumming is likable and sympathetic as Bernard, with a good sense of timing. Even with these two on screen somehow Lenny Henry as the Genie manages to steal the show! His performance here was just before he went on to star in his own show, Chef!, and his sense of comedic timing and joke delivery is as flawless as a young Hugh Laurie
In the era of CGI, the cheap green-screening of the round-the-world magic carpet flight is a bit cringe worthy, but the show is primarily a comedy set in London that turns a lot of the genie in a bottle conventions on its head.if you're one of those people who could definitely use a chuckle around the Christmas holidays I highly recommend this film.