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      The Mouse on the Moon

      1963 1h 25m Fantasy Comedy Romance Sci-Fi List
      88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 51% Audience Score 500+ Ratings When the tiny nation of Grand Fenwick suffers a plumbing malfunction, Prime Minister Rupert Mountjoy (Ron Moody) decides to use the competitive nature of the space race to his advantage. He requests financial aid for space research from the United States, and then uses the capital to heat Grand Fenwick's collective bathwater. Meanwhile, the nation's lone scientist, Professor Kokintz (David Kossoff), toils to prepare a fake rocket for launch, fueled by the country's most famous export: wine. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Penelope Gilliatt Observer (UK) There are stylish small performances by John Le Mesurier, Terry-Thomas and Frankie Howerd, and Michael Pertwee's script has a few very funny and impenetrably English jokes. Mar 6, 2024 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com Still funny follow-up to classic "The Mouse That Roared. Rated: 4/5 Feb 21, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 4, 2005 Full Review Brandon Judell PopcornQ Rated: 4/5 Jul 3, 2005 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall good fun Rated: 3/5 Sep 19, 2004 Full Review Tony Mastroianni Cleveland Press The film is blunt in its satire, wildly funny in spots and generally amusing. Nov 20, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member OK, it's a bit dated but it's still funny. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Liam D While not as good as the original but it's a decent movie and a solid start to Richard Lester (Cuba, Petulia) career Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/22 Full Review steve d Lester shows why he is legendary for hammy, humorless comedy. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member ok sequel to 'the mouse that roared' Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A whose who of British cinema star in this satirical British comedy. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member There's Always the Girl, Isn't There? The romances in this sort of movie are never necessary from a purely storytelling perspective. Indeed, Our Hero in this is rather weighted down with motivations. He has always longed to be an astronaut; great. He wants to prove his worth to his country in general and his father in particular; of course he does. And, what's more, we must once again show the might of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick. Yes, lovely. But do we need to add a girl on top of that? A girl who is described, curiously enough, as a beatnik despite showing basically no beatnik tendencies. (And 1963 was a bit late for beatniks as well.) In a few years, she would be a hippie, in fact, as she and various others are shown picketing every important event in the country over the course of the movie. But no, what matters is that we must have a romance shoehorned in. Otherwise, what would be put on the poster? Yes, we have returned to the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, that tiny little European country which managed to defeat the US in war a few years earlier. Some time since then, Gloriana XII (Peter Sellers as was) has been replaced by Gloriana XIII (Margaret Rutherford), another daft old biddy. The Prime Minister is still Rupert Mountjoy, but he's now played by Ron Moody. And he decides, sod it all, he wants a proper bathtub. So he sends off a letter to the US asking for aid with which to build a Moon program. The US knows that Grand Fenwick can't hope to send anyone to the Moon, but it suits their interests to look like they're encouraging other countries to have space programs, so they double the request and send one million dollars. [Dr. Evil gesture.] The Soviets, not to be topped, send an actual rocket. And Professor Koknitz (David Kossoff) from the first movie has realized that the thing making Pinot Grand Fenwick explode is [ludicrous technobabble], which means their Moon program will work after all! In general, I was disappointed. Oh, it's not as bad as some movies I've seen, and for an unnecessary sequel which kind of undermines most of what happened in the original, I've seen worse. But the plot of the first one makes relatively explicit that most of the plot of this one shouldn't be happening. For one thing, no one should ever underestimate Grand Fenwick ever again. They saw how that went the first time around, and even though that was a ridiculous fluke, well, the only person in this movie who's still played by the same actor as last time is the scientist who was kidnapped away from America as a major plot point. The Americans, at least, should know exactly the sort of thing he is capable of. Or perhaps more accurately that he's capable of just about anything, and if Grand Fenwick has an improbable proposal, you might as well just assume that it's going to work out for them. That's even leaving aside that the previous movie ended with harmony and goodwill among nations. Naturally, the science is ridiculous. Astonishingly, however, the whole thing about how you don't actually need to achieve escape velocity in order to leave the Earth is true. There's a lot of physics behind it, but the rocket is explicitly said to have the power, and that's the main requirement. With enough fuel, you can go at walking pace and still get out of orbit. The fact that I don't understand quite how doesn't minimize that. It's also quite pleasing that the movie states that the Grand Fenwick ship can go faster with no strain on the engines and that the reason they aren't doing so has to do with the fear of micrometeorites. Well done. And I believe at the time, there was still speculation that a ship landing on the Moon could sink deep into the regolith and never be seen again, though that view was obsolete by the time of Apollo, because probes had actually reached the Moon by then. Still, for all the silliness of most of the science, the movie gets surprising amounts right. Clearly, what I am going to have to do is build up a huge backlog of movies before the true heat of summer hits. I'm running out of movies in the right range of silly. I know I'm hard to peg that way; I have given low ratings to quite a lot of generic dumb comedies, but there are many others that I love for nostalgic reasons. Or even no good reason but that they strike me as amusing. Today, I could have watched [i]National Lampoon's Vacation[/i], but I'm terrified that I'll hate it and make all sorts of people angry again. There's something more personal about what makes us laugh than what makes us cry, for all you wouldn't necessarily think that's true. Comedy is hard, one of the hardest things to do well. Especially when you're walking the razor edge of "dumb enough so that I'll watch it when it's hot but not so dumb that I can't stand it even when it's hot." Not that any filmmaker, even my friends in film, sees that as their goal. At least, not me personally. But the point stands for a lot of people, and it's why I have a harder time with this journal in summer than any other season. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When the tiny nation of Grand Fenwick suffers a plumbing malfunction, Prime Minister Rupert Mountjoy (Ron Moody) decides to use the competitive nature of the space race to his advantage. He requests financial aid for space research from the United States, and then uses the capital to heat Grand Fenwick's collective bathwater. Meanwhile, the nation's lone scientist, Professor Kokintz (David Kossoff), toils to prepare a fake rocket for launch, fueled by the country's most famous export: wine.
      Director
      Richard Lester
      Producer
      Walter Shenson
      Screenwriter
      Michael Pertwee
      Production Co
      Walter Shenson Films
      Genre
      Fantasy, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 13, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 25m
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