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January 7, 2016
Quite alright comedy. A royal family has a history of zany heir and always suffer accidental death at young age. Barbara Hershey is an American who marry into the family and one day out partying forgot to take the baby. Only the blanket and rattle are missing. Forward to many years later, Eric Idle is an adopted child in an Indian family (but he has no idea he's not Indian) and work in stock trade. He is to entertain Rick Moranis who is from USA. Then the CEO of the company died in an accident and Rick is the new boss, because he is the heir of the royal family. Eric continue to be his best friend. Barbara is a lusty woman who go after every men and likes Eric. Catherine Zeta-Jones is Rick girlfriend and warn Eric about Barbara. When Eric took home a royal spoon, his mother reveal he is adopted and show him the rattle and blanket. Eric find lawyer John Cleese to see if he can get back his rightful throne but its not that easy. Catherine has a one night stand with him and next morning she tell him she is marrying Rick for the good life. Eric decide to get back what is his and plot to kill Rick. But every effort always fails, even trying to kill before he marry but he is lucky enough to be alive. He found out the cook is Rick real mother and she use her own baby to get into the good life. Catherine tell Eric she is pregnant with his child and he stop trying to kill Rick. But the cook and nanny are killed. John want to work with Eric to get back the throne but Eric is not interested. When the baby alarm sounded, Rick and Catherine overheard Barbara talking to Eric about the rattle and know he is her child. Rick drive his car out to unwind and its temper by John. Eric go after to save him but its too late. John return at night wanting to kill them all so he can be legal guardian of the child and live the royal good life. Rick return and he wasn't dead at all. Barbara throw a statue onto John head and he escape. Catherine say the baby is Rick and he lied to Eric to stop him from killing. Everyone is happy together and open a tour group to visit the palace. Eric write the story into a book and marry his PA.
August 20, 2015
Awesome cast. Stupidly hilarious. There is certainly enough here to leave you smiling.
April 17, 2015
Unwatchable. But there's a pretty funny gag in the opening credits that is worth seeing.
December 14, 2013
Silly, not super great, but ok.
½ June 22, 2013
Randomly picked up this movie one weekend having never heard of it. Quite funny and solid performances by everyone
½ June 14, 2013
Not as Funny as Holy Grail or Life of Brian, but very enjoyable--a remake of Kind Hearts and Coronets with a happy ending. That Barbara Hershey, who during the early 70s changed her last name to Seagull after a bird that died while she was filming and who named her son with Caradine "Free"--she changed her name back later and her son changed his to Tom when he was 9--played the hippie mom who named her son Henry Thomas Butterfly Rainbow Peace was a hoot.
½ February 7, 2013
Humor, sexuality with low tones, and just-about-there acting was what this movie was about.. Catherine Zeta Zones was sexy as usual, Rick Moranis and Eric Idle did their parts with perfect ease..
December 30, 2012
After his mate John Cleese had success with A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Eric Idle wanted a piece of the action, and spent 5 years penning a film original entitled Heirs and Graces, which became Splitting Heirs. This was intended to have made Idle the next comedy superstar, but it flopped badly, leaving Idle wary and untrusting of Hollywood. But, it's a funny film which has aged well, despite some missteps. Tommy Patel (Idle) was adopted as a baby and raised by an Indian family, and he works as a stock broker for the 14th Duke of Bournemouth (Jeremy Clyde), Tommy becomes friends with the Duke's American son Henry (Rick Moranis), who after a tragic accident, becomes the 15th Duke of Bournemouth. It's then that Tommy discovers he's the rightful heir to the dukedom, but he has no way of proving it. So, Tommy becomes close to Henry, his 'mother' Lucinda (Barbara Hershey) and Henry's fiance Kitty (Catherine Zeta-Jones), and tries to bump off Henry so that he can claim the title, but Henry is a hard man to kill, and very lucky. There are some funny laughs here, including Cleese cameoing as an insane lawyer, and even Idle gets away with playing a twentysomething banker, even if he was edging 50 at the time. The script needed a bit of work, as it gets itself in a knot more than once, but it has laughs.
August 8, 2012
I had a good laugh with this film, i can't believe i never heard of it until now by fluke i changed the channel.. Splitting Heirs is wack, sarcastic approach to revenge and bitter sweet lies. After the duke (eric idle) was forgotten in a restraunt and never found they quickly replaced him with another baby (rick moranis) brought up westernised he fails to fit into his new role as ruler to England. With many jealous and after his fortune his head is practically on the chopping block.
½ July 4, 2012
This is a very funny film indeed - admittedly it feels very dated and a little clumsy but the script is great and general slapstick feel can be very amusing. Very much worth a watch, just don't expect to be spoon-fed the jokes as its not a modern piece of Hollywood trash which treats you like a 5 year old.
April 11, 2012
Pretty funny, I totally forgot about this movie untill this moment but it's been a long time since i've seen it.
November 25, 2011
Its not a great film, the plot is uninspired and the jokes are very thin, but then again, its light hearted and it has two pythons in, so it's perfectly watchable. Even if only to remind yourself that John Cleese was funny once
September 18, 2011
FANTASTICALLY FUNNY! Just so many amazingly awkward situations and perfectly planned punchlines. I must warn you, my comedic taste DOES err towards the British, but this movie is just FANTASTIC. Eric Idle and John Cleese and Rick Moranis. <3
½ August 27, 2011
Good, healthy humour.
August 11, 2011
This critically lamented film, although not great is not as bad as it's made out to be and has some good laughs.
February 8, 2011
About as fun as pissing on an electricity pylon.
October 29, 2010
Splitting Heirs is the story of Tommy Patel, a British man who learns he was adopted by a Pakistan family at birth. It also tells of Henry, a man from America who learns, after his father's death, he is the next heir to the throne. Unfortunately for him, Tommy learns that he is the rightful heir and will stop at nothing to reclaim what should be his.The movie is good for a few laughs and the actors all do a good job throughout. Barbara Hershey plays the loving (and sex crazed) mother of Henry, Catherine Zeta-Jones is the bombshell bride to Henry, Rick Moranis stars as Henry (who is nice to everyone even after he learns of his new title), and Eric Idle as Tommy, who just wants what is rightfully his. John Cleese also makes an appearance as the money grubbing lawyer for Tommy, who will also stop at nothing to get rid of Henry.
½ August 25, 2010
Some pretty funny moments in this admittedly not-so-great film made me enjoy it. Idle seems way too old for the role he's playing, but I wouldn't want anybody else to take his place. I will add that it's not nearly the worst post-Python effort.
August 17, 2010
With the success of A Fish Called Wanda Hollywood was always looking to have more than one Python member in a comedy together.
John Cleese, Eric Idle and even Rick Moranis are all very funny.
Early role for Catherine Zeta-Jones.
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