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Weak at Denise (1999)

In this suburban black comedy, bachelor Colin runs into old school crush Denise. Colin sees this as a second chance and attempts to court Denise, however, she and her boyfriend have less ... See full summary »

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Bill Thomas ...
Colin
Chrissie Cotterill ...
Denise
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Roy
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Wendy
Claudine Spiteri ...
Sharon
Edna Doré ...
Iris
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Mrs. Kumar
Jean Ainslie ...
Colin's mum
Vivien Douglas ...
Mrs. Brown
Neil Morphew ...
Security guard
Richard Dixon ...
Funeral director
Ben Bailey ...
Flower Delivery Boy (as Ben Thomas)
Dale Davis ...
Stripper (as Dawn Davis)
John Murray ...
Referee
Jim Alexander ...
Doctor (as James Alexander)
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In this suburban black comedy, bachelor Colin runs into old school crush Denise. Colin sees this as a second chance and attempts to court Denise, however, she and her boyfriend have less romantic plans for Colin. Written by Dale Pope <scarecrow@thewindow.com>

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Screened at the Fourth Harwich Film Festival, introduced by Bill Thomas
20 October 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Weak at Denise" is a black comedy that somehow exceeds all expectations, director Julian Nott is more used to writing classical music but uses his obvious talents to unfold this dark, suburban tale for maximum effect and enjoyment.

The film is the story of Colin (Bill Thomas), an inadequate but likeable man who works in the local benefits office and flies model aircraft in his spare time. Desperate to improve his poor record in the love department Colin places adverts in the local newsagent's window but then, one day, he meets and successfully woos the lovely Denise (Chrissie Cotterill). All is not as it seems however because Denise is really in love with the handsome Roy (Craig Fairbrass) and they have unsavoury plans for the hapless Colin. As the plot unfolds we find that there are even more dimensions and a complex "love pentagon" and exotic murder plot is slowly revealed.

At times hilarious, sleazy, uplifting and shocking this film boasts a complex but clever plot underpinned by excellent performances from the cast. Having seen it people want to talk about this brilliant film and if it doesn't get a decent general release it will surely gain acceptance as a cult classic.


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