Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Synopsis: The wacky misadventures of an uptight barrister, a beguiling vixen, a stuttering animal lover and a loveable, psychotic lunatic.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “The culture clash between the English and Americans is demonstrated hilariously in this offbeat romantic caper, written by Monty Python’s John Cleese and directed by veteran Brit Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob).”

What Did I Learn?: Aristotle wasn’t Belgian, the London Underground isn’t a political group, and the central teaching of Buddhism isn’t ‘every man for himself.’

You Might Like This Movie If: You never, ever watch this introduction. (Seriously, somebody ought to tell John Cleese he isn't funny when he tries too hard).

Really?: 1) Michael Palin murders a little, old lady and her yappy dogs and he’s still considered to be one of the good guys? 2) Does any church provide funerals for pets?

Rating: Jamie Lee Curtis is charmingly sexy, Cleese is in fine form, Palin is irritating (the stuttering jokes get old, fast), but Kevin Kline steals the movie with a bravura performance as Otto (“don’t call me stupid!”). Funny stuff. 8.5/10 stars.

1 comment:

  1. In defense of Michael Palin's character... he didn't *really* kill the old lady - it was losing her dogs that did it. The brilliance is derived from the fact that he feels worse about this and the dogs than he did about trying to kill her in the first place. I love this movie. It will always be a favourite!


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