Keeping Mum

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The stellar cast, including Kristin Scott Thomas and Dame Maggie Smith, is certainly an asset, but this black comedy is too uneven.

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Movie Info

Walter Goodfellow (Rowan Atkinson), vicar of the British village Little Wallop, is busy composing the perfect sermon. So busy, in fact, that he fails to notice his bored wife's (Kristin Scott Thomas) flirtation with her American golf instructor (Patrick Swayze), his daughter's revolving set of boyfriends, or his son's status as the favorite target of bullies. Enter Grace Hawkins (Maggie Smith), the new housekeeper, who has a drastic solution to the family's problems.

Cast & Crew

Rowan Atkinson
Walter Goodfellow
Kristin Scott Thomas
Gloria Goodfellow
Maggie Smith
Grace Hawkins
Tamsin Egerton
Holly Goodfellow
Toby Parkes
Petey Goodfellow
Liz Smith
Mrs. Parker
Emilia Fox
Rosie Jones
Richard Russo
Screenwriter
Niall Johnson
Screenwriter
Steve Wilkinson
Executive Producer
Anne Sheehan
Executive Producer
Steve Christian
Executive Producer
Marc Samuelson
Executive Producer
Gavin Finney
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Critic Reviews for Keeping Mum

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (38)

  • The Ealing of yore is gone, and Guiness, ex-ladykiller, is now and forever, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Here's mud in your eye.

    October 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A dark comedy that isn't dark or particularly funny, Keeping Mum ends up being an exercise in heavy-handed whimsy.

    October 26, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • A meek little diversion, nothing more.

    October 20, 2006 | Rating: 2/5
  • A modest comedy that wants to be both dark and reassuring at the same time.

    October 13, 2006 | Rating: C+
  • Bracket out the ethical concerns of making merry as the body count mysteriously rises and Keeping Mum is an endearing hoot.

    October 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's probably one of the funniest films to come out of England in years.

    October 9, 2006

Audience Reviews for Keeping Mum

  • Nov 06, 2013
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  • Sep 11, 2010
    stars Kristen Scott Thomas is the pivotal element of this dark comedy. In concert with Thomas crisis each of the other family members is having there own issues. Enter Maggie Smith is the sweet elderly Nanny, except she really Thomas’ long lost mother. Long lost because she’s spent most of her life in a mental hospital for murder. Thomas is having a midlife crisis and an affair with Patrick Swaze. Swaze is an American tennis instructor who sticks out in very British comedy. In concert with Thomas crisis the rest of the family is also in crisis. Rowan Atkins is a too soft spoken Vicker. Thomas’ daughter is a nymphomaniac and there son is a wimp troubled by bullies at school. Maggie Smith resolves the family via quiet conversations or just eliminating any threat to her newly re-found family’s happiness.
    Bill C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2010
    A macabre tale of a family in trouble that gets an assist from an unlikely source: their newly hired, crazy as a loon, housekeeper, played with a devilish twinkle by the incomparable Maggie Smith. Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas. and Patrick Swayze each are perfectly cast and kept the chuckles coming. Emilia Fox was gorgeous as the good reverend's daughter. The story held few surprises and stretched the boundaries of believability, but was very entertaining in spite of that. It was just plain fun to watch the body count rise, and to wonder who would be next. Devilishly good fun!
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2010
    <i>Oh my. Aren't you a busy bee? </i> <br> A complete blast. It was amusing to see Professor Minerva McGonagall (or at least, the actress who plays her) as a cold-blooded killer who calmly disposes of people who hurt her and the people she loves. Gloria Goodfellow (Scott Thomas) is experiencing quite a life. Her husband, Walter (Atkinson) is the reverend in their sleepy little village, her neighbor's dog keeps giving her hell every morning with his incessant barking, her daughter Holly (Egerton) is having sex with different boys, and her sex life seems nonexistent. Furthermore, she's having an affair with her golf instructor, Lance (Swayze). Things couldn't look any bleaker - until their assigned housekeeper, Grace Hawkins (Smith) arrives and turns Gloria's life and the lives of her family members topsy turvy. Years ago, a young woman known as Rosie Jones (Fox) was arrested for killing her husband and the woman he was having an affair with. So what's the connection? Well, you'd better watch this film to find out. :p Loved the comedy and dark humour in this film. It was subtly hilarious, that you had to find the punchlines in the dialogue. Smith and Scott Thomas certainly hammed it up, and I was thrilled to see that Atkinson was still funny in his own way. Twas a nice surprise to see Swayze in the film as well, and he certainly lived up to his character. A few sex jokes knocked in, but I loved how Smith was able to rebuff some of them. Definitely a must see.

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