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Taking Stock review – sunny fare, ropey plot

7 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kelly Brook plays a shop assistant turned outlaw in a breezy London tale that doesn’t do justice to writer/director Maeve Murphy’s talents

Ever envisaged Kelly Brook as a latterday Bonnie Parker? Me neither. But talented writer/director Maeve Murphy has other ideas, casting Kelly as disgruntled shop employee Kate who decides to rob her place of work when redundancy looms. It’s fluffy, sunny fare, shot in breezy London locales that go some way towards disguising the ropey plot and televisual contrivance.

Personally, I much preferred Murphy’s short film, Sushi, the tasty appetiser to this altogether more bland main course.

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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Taking Stock review – larky comedy caper that doesn't quite gel

4 February 2016 2:15 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It has some appealing quirky touches, but Maeve Murphy’s comedy might have worked better on the small screen

Maeve Murphy is the award-winning theatre and film director whose debut feature Silent Grace (2001) was a tough drama about Irish Republican hunger-strikers in women’s prisons. For her new movie, she has gone for a larky comedy caper – for me it didn’t gel, despite some divertingly surreal touches. Kelly Brook plays Kate, an out-of-work actor dumped by her boyfriend on the same day as being laid off from her humiliating stopgap job selling cutesy home furnishings. In a rage, she conceives a bizarre plan to rob this store of its cash takings, imitating her secret heroine, beret-wearing outlaw Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde fame. There are some nice exterior locations in King’s Cross, London: a nod to the Ealing classic The Ladykillers. It has a quirkiness that might have worked better on television. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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