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The Designated Mourner (1997)

R | | Drama | 23 May 1997 (USA)
Jack and Judy are husband and wife, and Howard is Judys father. They live in some fictional undemocratic and repressive country, and tell us a story about their lives, mostly from Jack's ... See full summary »

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David Hare

Writers:

Wallace Shawn (play), Wallace Shawn
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mike Nichols ... Jack
Miranda Richardson ... Judy
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Howard (as David De Keyser)
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Jack and Judy are husband and wife, and Howard is Judys father. They live in some fictional undemocratic and repressive country, and tell us a story about their lives, mostly from Jack's point of view. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language
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Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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Jack: I guess I've always been a lowbrow at heart.
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Absurdist Mockery
2 September 2005 | by tombalSee all my reviews

This is a very funny film, especially for anyone who has been to a University party with self congratulatory, self aggrandising pretentious smart alecs. The whole film is done in the same 'high-brow' style whether it is the weepy self pity and anguish of Judy or the prurient, ignorant, though arguably more accessible filth of Jack. This is VERY trying, it is what turns most people off the film but is also entirely the point. This film would have been better served if it had been a lot shorter as it would have made the same points and been more accessible at the same time. The main benefit of it's length is the increased time to include the snappy one liners that helped to lighten the mood of the monotony.


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