Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. United Kingdom, 1989. London Weekend Television, Virgin Vision, Working Title Films. Screenplay by Richard Curtis. Cinematography by Adrian Biddle. Produced by Paul Webster. Music by Peter Brewis. Production Design by Grant Hicks. Costume Design by Denise Simmons. Film Editing by Dan Rae. Toronto International Film Festival 1989.
Hilarious comedy makes up for its lack of strong plot with some very funny gags. Jeff Goldblum plays an American actor in London whose middling career has him playing straight man to comedian Rowan Atkinson, though it’s mostly just a job consisting of taking Atkinson’s abuse. Things start to change, however, when he falls in love with a very tough-talking nurse (Emma Thompson in her feature debut) and gets the lead role in a musical version of The Elephant Man. Their subsequent romance, which starts off with one of the funniest sex scenes you’ve ever seen, is the bulk of the film. Lots of laughs.