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Relative Values (2000)





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Adapted for the screen from the 1951 play that revived playwright Noel Coward's flagging reputation, Relative Values is another wit-laden addition to the English comedy of manners ouevre. Set sometime during the mid-20th century, the film opens on the French Riviera, where nebbish English aristocrat Nigel (Edward Atterton) has just announced his engagement to vulgar American movie star Miranda Frayle (Jeanne Tripplehorn). Nigel's news dismays both his mother, Felicity (Julie Andrews), and Miranda's former lover, fellow screen icon Don Lucas (William Baldwin). Felicity manages to strap on a stiff upper lip while Don drowns his sorrows in booze and flees to England. Meanwhile, Felicity's personal assistant Moxie (Sophie Thompson) makes the rather startling announcement that Miranda is her estranged younger sister. Everything looks set to go pear-shaped until Felicity's cunning butler Crestwell (the ever-cunning Stephen Fry) comes up with an ingenious plan that will turn the tables in Moxie's favor. After Nigel returns to his mother's estate with Miranda in tow, Crestwell's plan is complicated by the unexpected arrival of an inebriated Don at a dinner party that Felicity is throwing for the engaged couple. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

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Jeanne Tripplehorn
as Miranda Frayle
William Baldwin
as Don Lucas
Stephen Fry
as Crestwell
Gaye Brown
as Lady Hayling
Michael Culkin
as Ludmurrey Lord
Julie Andrews
as Felicity
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The lightweight comedy remains undemanding, but offers some droll Brit humor that might satisfy the Anglophiles.

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Cute movie. Definitely a Julie Andrews G-rated nice movie..

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Minor but pleasing comedy immeasureably uplifted by the participation of Julie Andrews, Colin Firth and Sophie Thompson. Julie uses her regal graciousness to fine comic effect while Sophie does her wonderful mousey bit before letting rip with a full on tongue lashing. Colin's part is small but he offers humorously urbane asides. Stephen Fry is also most enjoyable as the dependable butler. As the movie star couple though Jeanne Tripplehorn and William Baldwin are out of their depth with these pros.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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[font=Palatino Linotype]For some odd reason, I seem to have found myself drawn to Colin Firth movies lately. I think I just like him. ;) This movie was quite delightful - a snobbish young British noble brings home an American actress to meet his family, and the matriarch (Julie Andrews) of the family must try to deal with the ensuing scandal of him marrying below (WAY below) his class. She does so beautifully, with the help of her young nephew? played by Colin Firth. The wit is purely British, and there are many quite funny moments. If you're looking for a nice humourous way to spend an evening, I'd highly recommend this one. Julie Andrews is superb... and strikingly similar to her character in [b]Princess Diaries[/b]... odd.[/font]

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