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Henry is about to jump off a bridge when he hears a cry for help. He helps Karen, who had also planned suicide. They're both on Tower Bridge, London, because somebody wronged them. Revenging each other gives them a reason to live.

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Malcolm Mowbray

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Alan Ayckbourn (play), Malcolm Mowbray
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Henry Bell
Helena Bonham Carter ... Karen Knightly
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Imogen Staxton-Billing
Rupert Graves ... Oliver Knightly
Martin Clunes ... Anthony Staxton-Billing
Steve Coogan ... Bruce Tick
John Wood ... Col. Marcus
Liz Smith ... Winnie
Anita Dobson ... Daphne Teal
Charlotte Coleman ... Norma
Adrian Scarborough ... Percy Cutting
Sandra Reinton Sandra Reinton ... Hilary Tick
Zoe Hilson Zoe Hilson ... Lydia
Jamie O'Brien Jamie O'Brien ... Damien Tick
François Domange François Domange ... Wine Waiter
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Storyline

Depressed businessman Henry Bell (Sam Neill) and aristocrat Karen Knightly (Helena Bonham Carter) save each other's lives one night when they are ready to jump off London's Tower Bridge. Karen invents a revenge plot. She will punish Henry's enemy Bruce Tick (Steve Coogan) and Henry will destroy the life of Karen's enemy Imogen Staxton-Billing (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas).

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Getting Even... Just Got Even Funnier!

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Rated PG-13 for some language, sex-related material, and violence | See all certifications »

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This movie counts the second time Helena Bonham Carter and Rupert Graves have played sister and brother. They previously portrayed siblings Lucy and Freddy Honeychurch in A Room with a View (1985). See more »

Quotes

Anthony Staxton-Billing: Stay away from my horses, my cows, my pigs, and keep well clear of my wife!
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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A smart British comedy. Helena Bonham Carter steals the show.
7 March 2001 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

British humor is distinctly different from American humor and this film illustrates that point nicely. American humor hits you with a sledgehammer, with outrageous gags and extremely explicit content. British humor is full of innuendo, irony and subtlety. It is thoughtful wit, full of `aha!' moments. This is why Americans often refer to British humor as being dry, mostly because we don't like pondering over our comedy. We prefer a guffaw to a good snicker.

In this film, Karen (Helena Bonham Carter) and Henry (Sam Neill) meet one night on a bridge where they both went to commit suicide. Henry is interrupted from jumping by the cries of Karen who has botched her attempt. After he saves her, they commiserate and decide that getting revenge would be better than committing suicide. They make a pact where each of them agrees to even the score for the other with their respective objects of contempt.

Karen becomes a secretary to Henry's old boss (Steve Coogan) and proceeds to make his life a living hell, convincing his wife he is having an affair. Henry's target is Imogen (Kristen Scott Thomas), whom Karen hates because she stole her husband back from Karen, with whom he was having an affair. The film is replete with highbrow humor that you would only see in an English film. There is plenty of class-warfare comedy poking fun at the aristocracy.

Helena Bonham Cater is brilliantly droll as the diabolical Karen. She is deliciously evil as she cunningly plots Bruce's demise. Long known as a terrific dramatic actor, Bonham Carter shows here that she can convert that energy into an intensely offbeat and funny character with equal impact. Sam Neill is also entertaining as Henry, a bumbling victim of fate who allows himself to be swept along by circumstances. Kristin Scott Thomas does a superb job of portraying Imogen, a woman steeped in affectation and arrogance, who ultimately becomes a casualty of love.

This highly entertaining film requires a certain refined sense of humor to enjoy. I rated it an 8/10. It will lack punch for the average viewer, but for the viewer who enjoys subtlety and irony it will be amusing and enjoyable.


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13 January 1999 (France) See more »

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