Peter’s Friends (1992)

KENNETH BRANAGH

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1992.  British Broadcasting Corporation, Channel Four Films, Renaissance Films, The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Kenneth Branagh.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

(T, L-R) Phyllida Law, Hugh Laurie, (B, L-R) Alphonsia Emmanuel, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson and Imelda Staunton in Peter’s Friends.

Contrived but sometimes fun British remake of The Big Chill is a pleasant and innocent way to spend an hour and a half. The funniest performance in the film (despite co-writer ‘s shenanigans) comes from as the repressed spinster Maggie, who discovers her sex appeal while on a weekend vacation at her friend Peter’s giant mansion in the country. The other cast members go through similar spritual makeovers, but the film’s heart lies in the moments between  as Peter and his housekeeper played by (Thompson’s real-life mother).

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