Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)

Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)



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Brevity may be the soul of wit, but that doesn't make the 79-minute Blame It on the Bellboy any funnier. Orton (Dudley Moore) is an ambitious real estate agent. Horton (Richard Griffiths) is a middle-aged married man looking for extracurricular activity via a dating service. And Lawton (Bryan Brown) is a professional hit man. Orton, Horton and Lawton all check into adjoining rooms at a posh Venetian hotel. Bellboy Bronson Pinchot, whose grasp of the English language is virtually nonexistent, delivers the wrong messages to the three men. That's why Orton is trying to sell a valuable piece of property to a roomful of mafiosi, Horton is "paired up" with an unwitting female real estate broker, and Lawton is preparing to rub out a hapless dating-service subscriber......Written by director Mark Herman, this old-style doorslamming farce might have passed muster as a dinner-theater attraction, but on film it comes across as strained and tiresome.
Art House & International , Comedy
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Dudley Moore
as Melvyn Orton
Bryan Brown
as Mike Lawton / Charlton Black
Richard Griffiths
as Maurice Horton
Patsy Kensit
as Caroline Wright
Alison Steadman
as Rosemary Horton
Penelope Wilton
as Patricia Fulford
Jim Carter
as Rossi
Alex Norton
as Alfio
John Grillo
as Hotel Manager
Andrew Bailey
as Shady Character
Ronnie Stevens
as Man on Plane
Enzo Turrin
as Senior Policeman
Lindsay Anderson
as Mr. Marshall
Andrew Bradford
as Italian Victim
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Critic Reviews for Blame It on the Bellboy

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

A lightweight ensemble comedy in which ingenious plotting is let down by weak dialog and stop-go direction that largely squanders the talent involved.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

[A] leaden farce.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's more method than inspired madness to "Blame It on the Bellboy," but this scenic, fast-paced farce by a first-time British director is still effervescent fun.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

"Blame It on the Bellboy" is a farce in the grand British tradition, set on the Grand Canal of Venice. And that, alas, is pretty much the sum total of what is grand about it.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Writer/director Mark Herman does a nice job of setting up the misadventure and then sitting back and letting it play itself out.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

An attempt at farce set in Venice and involving three people with similar sounding last names and an Italian bellboy

December 3, 2004

Audience Reviews for Blame It on the Bellboy

Short but sweet

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