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      Lucky Jim

      1957 1h 31m Comedy List
      Reviews 28% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A junior lecturer at a provincial university decides to shake up the old guard with a campaign of deliberate disruption. The junior history tutor is appalled and disillusioned by the pomposity that surrounds him and begins to challenge his situation. Read More Read Less

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      Penelope Houston Monthly Film Bulletin Too often, though, potentially comic scenes are spoilt by faulty timing, a determination to hammer home the joke and play for an easy laugh. Feb 16, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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      isla s I enjoyed this - its quite visual, slapstick style comedy, gentle comedy which may not appeal to everyone but I certainly found it funny. My favourite character was the dog, who howls when the stuffy old professor starts to play a flute type instrument as part of a musical number. Some of the comedy is pretty dated nowadays but of course it does date back to the late 1950s. I cringed a bit at a scene in which a young girl complains about being younger than she appears and how men treat her. I found this black and white film a fun and entertaining, sometimes surprisingly amusing, watch and I would recommend it to others. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member There's a lot to like in Lucky Jim. It's an hour and a half long - that's how long films are meant to be. There's elegant exposition - you learn about the characters though comically plausible situations that reveal just enough backstory for you to generate empathy. It's funny - the drunkenness, the hangover, the social awkwardness; it's relatable. It's not about personal journeys and struggle and dreams - it's an era of genuine social movement, through education. And he is a history professor, which is the of course best of all the subjects. And the dog; the dog is awesome. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member A mildly amusing film that is light-hearted and fairly easy to watch. I love Terry Thomas Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member WOW.....WOW.....WOW.....WOW.....STUNNING.....GENIUS......FANTASTIC......AMAZING.......I HAVE JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS SUCH A FANTASTIC MOVIE 2 WATCH......ITS GOT A GOOD CAST OF ACTORS/ACTRESSESS THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE.......I think that ian carmichael (.R.I.P.), terry Thomas (.R.I.P.), hugh Griffith (.R.I.P.), Sharon acker, jean Anderson (.R.I.P.), marureen Connell, play good roles/parts throughout this movie.....I think that the director of this comedy/classics movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie........I think that this is such an entertaining movie 2 watch its such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch, its got such a fantastic cast throughout this movie......I think that this is such a fantastic comedy movie 2 watch, The film critic writing for The Times, gave the film a mixed review after the UK premiere in September 1957, stating that the film, "carries over enough gusto from the original to be funnier than the usual run of British comedies, without managing to avoid lapses into incoherence through pressing the Joke too far." When the film premiered in the USA a year later, Howard Thompson of the New York Times wasn't very impressed and called Ian Carmichael "an English answer to Jerry Lewis": "Let's fervently hope this stale attempt at mirth, furiously sliding back and forth from leaden coyness to plain custard-pie confusion, doesn't mean the end of all the sly, civilized fun we've come to expect from the British specialists." In its 2010 obituary over Ian Carmichael, The Guardian wrote: "One of his most characteristic and memorable sorties... was his portrayal of Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim-the anti-hero James Dixon, who savaged the pretensions of academia, as Amis had himself sometimes clashed with academia when he was a lecturer at Swansea. Appearing in John and Roy Boulting's 1957 film, he was able to suggest an unruly but amiable spirit at the end of its tether, his great horsey teeth exposed in the strained grimace that often greeted disaster." the whole cast is::: Ian Carmichael - Jim Dixon Terry-Thomas - Bertrand Welch Hugh Griffith - Professor Welch Sharon Acker - Christine Callaghan Jean Anderson - Mrs Welch Maureen Connell - Margaret Peel Clive Morton - Sir Hector Gore-Urquhart John Welsh - The Principal Reginald Beckwith - University Porter Kenneth Griffith - Cyril Johns Jeremy Hawk - Bill Atkinson Ronald Cardew - Registrar Penny Morrell - Miss Wilson John Cairney - Roberts Ian Wilson - Glee Singer Charles Lamb - Contractor Henry B. Longhurst - Professor Hutchinson Jeremy Longhurst - Waiter It is an adaptation of the 1954 novel Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. man this is such an enjoyable movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie....... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member (34%) Of all the classic British comedies of the 50's and 60's this is perhaps my least favourite I've seen so far. It's not a terrible film by any means, but once compared to solid gold classics such a The lady killers, Whisky galore, or my personal choice The Titfield thunderbolt, then this looks more than a little lacking. I think the main problem here is that the script is based off a satirical novel that I'm guessing works much better on the page than on it does on the screen with its very dry sense of humour getting lost somewhere along the way. It doesn't also help that lucky Jim himself is not really a likeable person, or indeed a very interesting one either. Also this works way too hard to get only mild laughs, the support characters are also dry and dull, and by the end I still hadn't really warmed to the lead character who quite frankly is a bit of git. A lucky git, but a git nevertheless. Besides the always fun Terry-Thomas, and the fact it is quite well made there's not a lot here in terms of laughs or anything else. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Another fine comedy with Carmichael and Terry Thomas. Carmichael is a university student who tries to impress the new chancellor but gets it all wrong. Thomas in fine form as usual Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A junior lecturer at a provincial university decides to shake up the old guard with a campaign of deliberate disruption. The junior history tutor is appalled and disillusioned by the pomposity that surrounds him and begins to challenge his situation.
      John Boulting
      Kingsley Amis, Patrick Campbell, Jeffrey Dell
      Production Co
      Charter Film Productions, British Lion Films, Boulting Brothers
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jun 14, 2007
      1h 31m