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Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets (1995)

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Sir Hugo is more interested in reconstructing dinosaur bones than in paying attention to his wife, Lady Harriet. He's not thrilled when daughter Cleo brings home her betrothed, Sidney, who ... See full summary »

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Sir Hugo Coal
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Fledge
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Cleo Coal
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George Lecky
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Hubert Cleggie
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Sir Hugo is more interested in reconstructing dinosaur bones than in paying attention to his wife, Lady Harriet. He's not thrilled when daughter Cleo brings home her betrothed, Sidney, who aspires to be a poet. The new butler, Fledge, provides Lady Harriet with the attention she's been missing and then seduces Sidney. Did he have a role in Sidney's disappearance as well? Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Beneath the surface of respectability lies the shadow of our darker side.


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Rated R for sexuality and some gore | See all certifications »
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Lady Giblet: It will be assumed that a man who could stumble across a dead body and feed it to his pigs is a man who could kill. We tend to lose the fine distinction when it comes to such things.
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Too whimsical.
13 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Decidedly unpredictable but overly eccentric (you could say "overly British", but apparently the film was as much a failure there as everywhere else) black comedy, that strains to be whimsical at the expense of everything else (including laughs). The best thing in the picture is by far the bright young actress Lena Headey (wonderful also in "Gossip"), who lights up the screen every time she appears. Her sardonic smiles and the occasional gleams of dirty fun in her eyes are priceless; I don't think there's any other actress who can pronounce the phrase "how horrid!" (and mean exactly the opposite) quite like she does. (**)


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