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One hot June day, three friends decide there is nothing they would like to do more than to get away from London. A boating holiday with lots of fresh air and exercise would be just the very thing, or so their doctors tell them. So, after debating the merits of hotel or camp beds and what to pack, they set off on their voyage - a trip up the Thames from Henley to Oxford - but very quickly find themselves ill-equipped for the trials of riverbank life. Written by Dabby

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The dead dog seen floating in the river is actually a freshly killed sheep. The unfortunate animal was sacrificed after shots featuring a toy dog were found to be unconvincing. See more »

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Longwinded despite the short running time
25 April 2016 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

This was , I have to admit, a little disappointment. As a huge fan of the book, and looking at the cast, I definitely was expecting something better. What we have here is a nice illustration of the book, with some good intentions, but little more.

The first problem is: It's too slow. How they managed to cram the book into one hour and still make it slow-footed is beyond me, but they did.

The second problem is even bigger - they hired good comedy actors - and made them do nothing. Most of the movie is narrated in voice-over - taken from the book, but come on, that's no way to tell this story on screen! There's a lot of talent (and potential) wasted here.

There are a few scenes where the movie finds its pace (the tinned pineapple for example), but mostly it's just a narration (however funny) with fitting illustrations. 6/10 from me, and that's because I really love the text.


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