The Tall Guy (1989)

MEL SMITH

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5United Kingdom, 1989.  London Weekend Television, Virgin Vision, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 1989

Hilarious comedy makes up for its lack of strong plot with some very funny gags. plays an American actor in London whose middling career has him playing straight man to comedian , 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.

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