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The Tall Guy Reviews

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September 28, 2013
Le premier scenario de Richard Curtis, bien realise par Mel Smith, est une adorable comedie romantique assez etrange et originale, avec l'excellent Jeff Goldblum en tete d'affiche et un supporting cast de grand talent, entre un Rowan Atkinson autobiographique et un Emil Wolk hilarant. La comedie musicale dans le film est a mourir de rire.
½ July 2, 2013
Outrageous funny satire of British stage and stage actors, Goldblum is perfect as a down on his luck actor sick of playing second banana to a smug, snooty high profile Rowan Atkinson, so he goes for he role of a lifetime, the title role in the musical version of the Elephant Man. Along the way he falls in love with nurse Emma Thompson, and the stupidily loses her. Funny and cute but not too cutsey with loads of laughs and love and funny moments. Well done and deserves a cult audience.
June 27, 2013
A brilliant very funny lovely film
½ May 24, 2013
The Tall Guy is a cheery, ingratiating romantic comedy with Jeff Goldblum putting in a stellar performance as a bumbling American actor in London whose career and romantic tribulations are suddenly transformed into triumphs. On the bright side, director Mel Smith provides some wonderfully scathing show-biz satire. The Elephant Man musical is an uproarious send-up of Andrew Lloyd Webber's high-glitz earnestness. In addition, the movie comes to life whenever Rowan Atkinson shows up as Goldblum's stage partner, an impishly vitriolic British comedian stewing in his own petty vanity. The fresh, alert performances add enormously to the polished sparkle of the script. Goldblum is in splendid form as the eternally naive American abroad. Thompson makes a wonderfully poised foil for her leading man's volubility. British favorite Atkinson has a great time enacting the most vain and mean-spirited of stars, and Hugh Thomas elicits quite a few laughs in his brief appearance as a wild-eyed medic.

VERDICT: "High-Quality Stuff" - [Positive Reaction] This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent. (Films that are rated 3.5 or 4 stars)
February 26, 2013
Funniest sex scene ***EVER***
December 25, 2012
There are some funny bits in this (particularly the sex scene), and Emma Thompson does a very good job. Rowan Atkinson is also good in a supporting role, basically playing himself. However, the film as a whole is a bit clunky; I think that Richard Curtis (writer) went on to do much better work later, but he was still finding his way here. E.g. Dexter comes out with one-liners which are funny but don't really make sense in context, if only because he's often talking to himself. Also, Jeff Goldblum doesn't show much dramatic range: he seems to spend most of the film being slightly cynical/detached. The only time Dexter really seems happy is when we see him cartwheeling in silhouette, so that was probably a stunt double rather than the same actor! As for the "play within a play" (Elephant), maybe its time has come? Given all the jukebox musicals that are out now, it seems quite plausible as a concept, and it did have some genuinely catchy songs. Oh, and avoid the trailer - it literally gives away the ending of the film.
½ December 4, 2012
One of Goldblum's greats.
October 23, 2012
good old British humour
½ March 31, 2012
It has some genuinely funny moments but it feels a bit stale overall.
October 9, 2011
Had its funny moments, few, but they were there. The story line is well... just going that way ---> without anything really interesting to tell. So all in all, I wasent a fan of it.
July 9, 2011
This movie's a lot of fun. I love the montage to "It Must be Love" by Madness.
½ May 22, 2011
Awful, awful, awful.
Super Reviewer
½ May 22, 2011
Awful, awful, awful.
August 2, 2010
What the hell just happened??
July 8, 2010
One of the sexiest love scenes ever filmed---an all-time fave. Jeff is his usual superb self. Emma is outstanding. And even Rowan Atkinson (one of my least-favorite actors) didn't suck.
½ May 14, 2010
High quality romantic comedy, that is actually very funny.
April 28, 2010
A British sex comedy which indulges too heavily in parody in the final half-hour, but the cast do good, particularly Rowan Atkinson, who nearly steals the film. The Jeff Goldblum-Emma Thompson sex scene is worth watching for alone.
½ April 19, 2010
(from The Watermark 08/16/96)
Jeff Goldblum is an American actor in London who is stuck playing second fiddle to Britain's comic darling, played by Rowan Atkinson. Unmotivated to break loose, he falls in love with a nurse (Emma Thompson), and builds up the courage to ask her out. When she says yes, his newfound confidence loses him his job, and he must find another acting gig. Written by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral and TV's Black Adder), the story is standard boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl-back fare, but there is a section that must be seen to be believed. Goldblum ends up landing the title role in a West End musical version of The Elephant Man. The film then proceeds to fling more than its share of mud into the face of Andrew Lloyd Webber with its rendition of Elephant! which includes songs like "He's Packing His Trunk" plus suit-clad elephants tap dancing below a disco ball. (Meow!) Reviews of this film dubbed newcomer Thompson "a Julie Andrews look-alike." Well, OK, maybe with the short hair, and if you squint a little. Her sassy spunk is the perfect counterpoint to Goldblum's laid-back non-acting style. Their over-the-top sex scene is outrageously fun; this film is a great date movie.
½ March 24, 2010
"Life in the Vatican is fun fun fun... when you're a dancing nun"
Super Reviewer
½ February 7, 2010
It has some genuinely funny moments but it feels a bit stale overall.
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