The Man Who Knew Too Little


(out of 5)

 is delightful in this spry comedic version of The Game that combines British wit and American slapstick with impressive flair. He plays a doltish Blockbuster Video employee who comes to London to visit his industrial mogul brother () on the night that the brother is to make a very important presentation to some business associates. Hoping to get rid of his very embarrassing sibling for the evening, Gallagher signs Murray up for “The Theatre Of Life”, a role-playing theatrical activity that allows customers to interact with actors putting on a show, accompanying them through London and experiencing a staged adventure. Unfortunately, Murray gets his signals crossed and accidentally winds up getting involved in real espionage, hooking up with a femme fatale () and hilariously surviving many dangerous situations with incredible ease because of his whimsical luck and nonchalant attitude. The whole time he still believes he’s in a game, while the fate of the British empire rests in his very incapable hands. Rib-tickling situations abound in a surprisingly enjoyable film considering it’s a one-joke premise, with Murray’s bubbly performance and the brisk direction keeping it afloat.

Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Polar Productions, Taurus Film

USA/Germany, 1997

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , based on the novel Watch That Man by Robert Farrar

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

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