Getting It Right (1989)




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Based on Elizabeth Jane Howard's novel, Getting It Right this charming comedy follows the story of Gavin Lamb (Jesse Birdsall), a 31 year-old virgin who is terrified with women and still lives with his parents. Nevertheless, he becomes the subject of desire for a variety of women, including a single mother (Jane Horrocks), a wealthy pregnant girl (Helen Bonham Carter) and a middle-aged socialite (Lynn Redgrave). Gavin eventually finds love with one of the three women in this engaging, low-key romantic comedy.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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MCEG Productions


Jesse Birdsall
as Gavin Lamb
Helena Bonham Carter
as Minerva Munday
Peter Cook
as Mr. Adrian
John Gielgud
as Sir Gordon Munday
Judy Parfitt
as Lady Stella Munday
Richard Huw
as Harry
Pat Heywood
as Mrs. Lamb
Bryan Pringle
as Mr. Lamb
Kevin Drinkwater
as Winthrop
John Cashmore
as Opera Singer
Nan Munro
as Lady Blackwater
Ben Miles
as Spiro
Cyril Conway
as Manservant
Lula Ioannou
as Salon Junior
Richard Strange
as Sheila's Friend
Irene Marot
as Sheila
Anne-Marie Owens
as Opera Singer
Janet Amsden
as Mrs. Blake
Vivian Tierney
as Opera Singer
Pauline Quirke
as Muriel Sutton
Richard Macdonald
as Man at Opera
Aimee Delamain
as Mrs. Arbuthnot
Elizabeth Jane Howard
as Woman at Party
Sarah Morgan
as Salon Junior
June C. Ellis
as Mrs. Wagstaffe
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Critic Reviews for Getting It Right

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Never had I thought like cutting up a video tape

September 17, 2002

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June 1, 2005
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

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August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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July 26, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Getting It Right

Getting It Right doesn't strain itself, but it's a fun light comedy with some fun moments and performances. The description is a bit misleading, as Gavin (the main character) isn't really such a social recluse, and breaks out of his shell pretty early in the film. The film is hindered a bit by his ever-present narration, but as the film doesn't want to be much more than an enjoyable way to pass 100 minutes, it's not much of a bother. A fun little British comedy, and only on VHS!

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

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