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      The Revengers' Comedies

      PG-13 1998 1 hr. 22 min. Comedy List
      Reviews 59% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Businessman Henry Bell (Sam Neill) and society woman Karen Knightly (Helena Bonham Carter) meet on London's Tower Bridge, where they are both contemplating suicide. After talking, they decide to go for coffee, and together they plot to take murderous revenge on each other's nemeses -- Bruce Tick (Steve Coogan), who took Bell's job, and Imogen Staxton-Billing (Kristin Scott Thomas), who married Knightly's ex-lover. Things become complicated, however, when Bell begins to fall for Imogen. Read More Read Less

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      Steve D Neil is always fun but the film is a mess. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/29/24 Full Review Audience Member Wacky, dark comedy with an incredible cast. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Frances H Started out well in the comedy tradition of the gang of eccentrics in the English country house and a comedy version of Strangers on a Train, but just fizzled at the end. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 08/06/15 Full Review Audience Member hardly a comedy-nothing but a mixed bag of whatever-A CLASSIC LETDOWN. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review jesse o Don't have much to say about this film really. I always say that then I end up writing a 10,000-word essay on the film. But I digress, Sam Neill does his best Hugh Grant impression in this fairly decent rom-com. It has its moments, much like any film, but this is a dark comedy that lacks the dark comedy. It certainly tries to be dark, but I think it's just a superficial facade. Something to give it an edge that it probably needed to set itself apart from the pack. When I think of this film I'm reminded of another "dark" comedy in Undertaking Betty. That film is much the same as this one, its "edge" is just a facade. Granted, I enjoyed this film slightly more than I did Undertaking Betty. It's just got a quick pace, this movie won't overstay its welcome, and the cast is good all around. I won't complain about that. But, and perhaps this is the film's biggest issue, is that everything just feels so one-dimensional. From the plotting to the characters, there's just nothing about this film that has any real depth. Karen has an interesting back-story, but it's not something they devote a lot of time to. It's clear there are some psychological issues there that could've been explored in a subversive manner. But that's just me, I don't know about anybody else. This movie is so intent on coming across as a dark comedy because it's really everything but. At the end of the day, this is a light rom-com that is trying to pretend to be something it is not. You see right through it immediately. Perhaps if they were upfront about it I wouldn't have much of a problem. I'm a big fan of Love, Actually and that movie is one of the lightest, breeziest films you will ever see. I don't have any problem with that, but this idea that this is a comedy with dark themes is just absurd. I really didn't think the film was that bad, but I imagine the cast had a lot to do with that. I don't think I would've been impressed with the script if I had read it beforehand. It's something that had to be elevated past its very low ceiling by a talented cast. And, by and large, the cast does elevate it. It elevates it to an average status. It was a double instead of a home run. Easy enough to watch, but nothing you will remember in a day. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review ed s Need something fun to brighten the evening? This is definitely a movie that will do the trick. Funny, funny, funny! Find it, watch it, and let the laughter begin! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 29, 2005 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Rated: 2/5 Nov 4, 2001 Full Review MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher [A] delicious example of British humor that manages to be both over the top and understated at the same time. A must for fans of cheeky, topsy-turvy comedy. Rated: 9/10 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Businessman Henry Bell (Sam Neill) and society woman Karen Knightly (Helena Bonham Carter) meet on London's Tower Bridge, where they are both contemplating suicide. After talking, they decide to go for coffee, and together they plot to take murderous revenge on each other's nemeses -- Bruce Tick (Steve Coogan), who took Bell's job, and Imogen Staxton-Billing (Kristin Scott Thomas), who married Knightly's ex-lover. Things become complicated, however, when Bell begins to fall for Imogen.
      Director
      Malcolm Mowbray
      Executive Producer
      Marina Gefter, Julia Palau, Michael Ryan, Mark Shivas
      Production Co
      Miramax
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 13, 2001
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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