Monday, June 29, 2009

A Fish Called Wanda

This DVD is another of The Husband's Father's Day presents, and he picked it for tonight. A Fish Called Wanda stars Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin. It's #21 on the AFI 100 Years 100 Laughs list. There are some things about British humor we don't "get" -the stutter, for instance, is something we just don't find funny. I did laugh out loud at several points, though not at the stuttering or during the torture scene. And the film actually has a leper colony in it. That redeems the film for me.


Roger Ebert gives it 4 stars and calls it "the funniest movie I have seen in a long time". The New York Times doesn't like it. Variety says it's "is wacky and occasionally outrageous in its own, distinctly British way." says that Charles Crichton's "triumphant comeback at the age of seventy-eight, with the huge international success of A Fish Called Wanda, was as heartening as it was wholly unexpected."

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