dir Bill Eagles • scr Simon Donald
with Susan Lynch, Rachel Weisz, Alex Norton, Maurice Roeves, Iain Glen, Tom Mannion, Robin Laing, Joel Strachan, Ron Donachie, Stewart Preston, Ellie Haddington, Paul Higgins
release UK 19.Jan.01
Universal 00/UK 1h28
|Review by Rich Cline
The fiercely clever script and direction are dead on--hilariously funny, scary and creepy at the same time (with the heavy female empowerment theme, it's remarkable both writer and director are male!). Lynch and Weisz are in top form--Lynch's edgy Dorothy contrasting nicely against Weisz's ditsy, Marilyn Monroe-esque Petula. It's fun to watch them catch themselves off guard with their sharp-witted reactions to what happens around them. And Norton is an enjoyable variation on the standard inspector detective. If everyone drifts into clownish stereotypes from time to time, it can be forgiven. The film moves along briskly--constantly surprising, thoroughly entertaining and surprisingly astute in its observations.
[18--strong themes and situations, violence, language] 24.Nov.00
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