One of three hour long dramas that Rik Mayall did for ITV in the summer of 1993. Dancing Queen concerns Neil who is at his batchelor party. A stripper called Pandora performs her dance and ... See full summary »

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One of three hour long dramas that Rik Mayall did for ITV in the summer of 1993. Dancing Queen concerns Neil who is at his batchelor party. A stripper called Pandora performs her dance and Neil's mates load him on a train as a last gag. Neil awakes on the train, Pandora's there and at the stop where his mates are to pick him up, the train doesn't stop. Neil and Pandora walk around one of Northern England's premier seaside towns as he frets over the utter chaos his marriage day has turned out to be and tries to get back. All the while, Pandora is going on carnival rides and just generally moping around listening to Abba's Dancing Queen. Written by Richard John <rjohn@canoe.ca>

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Plot's a little bit but has some charm
5 June 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Weighing in at under fifty minutes, "Dancing Queen" really isn't a movie, and it suffers from credibility problems as a result. But thanks to another bravura performance by Helena Bonham Carter, it's worth watching.

Rik Mayall plays Neil, a British yuppie, who's about to get married. At his bachelor party, his "friends" drug him, take his pants off, and stick him on a train to northern England. The woman sharing the compartment is the stripper that performed at the party. Played by HBC, Julie is essentially a feisty working class girl who is "obviously" a better match for Neil than the spoiled rich girl waiting for him at home. Most of the movie is given over to scenes of Neil, with Julie tagging along, frantically trying to get back in time for his wedding. "Dancing Queen" wants you to believe that somehow along the way, Neil falls for Julie. Yet there just isn't enough plot development for that to be convincing.

Nevertheless, Helena Bonham Carter deserves kudos for playing Julie in a very appealing turn as a down-to-earth girl who is completely different from the upper class bluebloods that she's become famous for playing like in "Room with a View," "Howards End," and so many others.

Bottom line: worth a watch but probably not worth buying the tape.


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