Janice Beard 45 wpm (2002)

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We are introduced to Janice (Irish stage comedienne Eileen Walsh in her screen debut) at her ill-starred beginnings; her father dies of a heart attack during her birth, causing her mother to plunge into a post-natal, post-mortem agoraphobic depression that endures for 23 years. As Janice grows up on public assistance she makes it her goal in life to entertain her mother with outlandish and fanciful tales of the outside world. As an adult she studies medical journals to find a cure for her ouse bound mother's ills, evetually heading to London with minimal secretarial skills determined to earn the cash to pay for treatment. Still inhabiting an elaborate fantasy which now features her dazzling artistic and professinal achievements, Janice concocts an impressive resume and plunges into the work force, wih disastrous results. In exchange for her promise to be as normal as possible, a childhood friend gets Janice a job in the typing pool of a car manufacturing firm. Struggling to fit in she eventually even wins over the glam but nasty man trap - head of the secretarial pool (Patsy Kensit). As the company gears up for the launch of a new model, Janice finds what she thinks is love with the mail room boy Sean (Rhys Ifans of "Notting Hill") but in fact has becomes a pawn in an idustrial espionage scheme that could ruin the company. Can little Janice cure her mother, save the sompany and find true love in the bargain? -- © Empire Pictures
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NR
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Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Television
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Empire Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Janice Beard 45 wpm

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Full Review… | March 31, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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All ends well, sort of, but the frenzied comic moments never click.

Full Review… | May 17, 2002
New York Observer
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It's impossible to indulge the fanciful daydreams of Janice Beard (Eileen Walsh) when her real-life persona is so charmless and vacant.

May 11, 2002
New York Post
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As Janice, Eileen Walsh, an engaging, wide-eyed actress whose teeth are a little too big for her mouth, infuses the movie with much of its slender, glinting charm.

May 11, 2002
New York Times
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Walsh can't quite negotiate the many inconsistencies in Janice's behavior or compensate for them by sheer force of charm.

May 10, 2002
Newsday
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Audience Reviews for Janice Beard 45 wpm

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