Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
A master decides to temporarily change places with his servant and comedy ensues. Comedy has been ensuing from such situations since at least the seventeenth century, and this movie brings nothing new and valuable to the formula. The master, in his temporarily humbled condition, tries to win the heart of a beautiful woman but without his riches to help him he learns that he-- well, you might expect him to learn a lesson in humility, but he learns that money or not, he's a smooth operator who can get a woman to fall for him with nothing but sheer charm. Not even the perfunctory display of skills and good deeds that Phil learned to use in "Groundhog Day." Some respectable Israeli character actors mug their way through this exercise, and they're joined by Mandy Rice-Davies (of the Profumo affair).
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