A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair and his children are up to no good.

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Toby Parkes ...
Liz Smith ...
Mrs. Parker
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Rosie Jones
James Booth ...
Mr. Brown
Patrick Monckton ...
Bob - Pond Workman
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Mrs. Martin
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Vicar's Convention Master of Ceremonies
Morgan Gower ...
Reverend Campbell
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Storyline

Walter Goodfellow, the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria go stale, and he is so detached from his family that he has not taken notice that his 17-year-old daughter Holly is going through a succession of relationships with unsuitable boyfriends, and his son Petey fears going to school owing to being bullied. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance, an American golf pro who is giving her "private" lessons. The problems upsetting the family start to fade away after Grace Hawkins, the new housekeeper, arrives and starts tending to matters as an older, and rather darkly mysterious version of Mary Poppins. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Schweigen ist Silber - Vergraben ist Gold (Silence is silver, but burying is golden) See more »


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Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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6 October 2006 (USA)  »

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$169,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£645,886 (UK) (2 December 2005)

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$1,618,957 (USA) (19 January 2007)
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The film is dedicated to James Booth (Mr. Brown), who died 4 months before the first release. This was his final film. See more »

Goofs

When everyone is taking the trunk upstairs, the shadow is visible above Grace's head moving around. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Walter Goodfellow: [mid-sermon] ... which reminds me of the time an Englishman, Irishmen, Scotsman, a Vicar, a Rabbi and a Priest all go into a bar and the barman looks up and says 'Is this a joke?'.
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Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »

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Did You Ever Wonder Why?
(2005)
Produced and Written by Dickon Hinchliffe
Sung by Dickon Hinchliffe and Cara Dillon
Guitar: Neil Fraser
Engineered by Philip Bagenal at Eastcote Studios and Mat Bartram at Angel Studios
Mixed by Ian Caple
Published by Keeping Mum Productions Ltd
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I saw this film recently and I was pleasantly surprised.
30 November 2005 | by (Warrington, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this film recently and I was pleasantly surprised. It reminded me of the old Ealing Comedies as it was charming but had a definite sense of delicious wickedness running through it. All of the main characters are funny in their own way particularly Rowan Atkinson and Maggie Smith. It reminded me so much of and Ealing Comedy that after a while I could only see Alec Guinness in drag when Maggie Smith was on screen. Kristin Scott Thomas started out as being being a bit of a female Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral and showed that she can be quite funny but towards the end she gets a little unconvincing once some revelations unfold. All in all it has it's minor misgivings and gets a little too silly and unbelievable in places but I'd give it a go.


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