Mary Poppins Returns
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A shrill and ultimately annoying tale.
Like the designer suits Driver wears despite her character's meager earnings, High Heels and Low Lifes isn't about reality; it's playing dress- up.
There are, however, no highs in High Heels and Low Lifes. Just lows.
A mostly smart attempt to resurrect Ealing Studios-style hijinks.
A refreshingly engaging British movie that isn't afraid to go all out for laughs and thrills, leaving its social conscience behind.
You can't help feel that the director settled for smirks when he could've had bellylaughs.
Won't leave audiences with too many bad memories--mostly because it evaporates from memory as soon as the closing crawl begins.
It's the charming wit and screen presence of McCormack that saves this picture from being a total mess.
With the tiny I.Q.s of the characters in this film, it wouldn't have been much harder for the likes of Laverne and Shirley to pull off the same joyless stunt.
Driver and McCormack make appealing heroines, and Kevin McNally and Michael Gambon are gratifyingly menacing villains.
Distinctly low on laughs and, despite a running time of only 86 minutes, far outstays its welcome.
High Heels' main problem is that Smith can't seem to decide whether the movie is an over-the-top comedy or a sassy action film.
Brisk, snappy comedy adventure has a struggling actress (Mary McCormack) talking her nurse friend (Minnie Driver) into a blackmail scheme after they accidentally overhear a dirty deal go down on a scanner in London. They make a fun team together as they get in over their heads and I particularly enjoyed McCormack's mouthy character who doesn't always think her ideas through. Lots of familiar faces appear as the British thugs too. There are a few unexpectedly intense moments and more than a few loose ends (the mob reaction, the police investigation hunting for a blonde and a brunette), but mostly it's played with a wry smile..
It was alright.
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