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Janice Beard (1999)

Janice Beard 45 WPM (original title)
| Comedy | 5 May 2000 (UK)
Janice's father dies of a heart attack during her birth, causing her mother to plunge into a post-natal, post-mortem agoraphobic depression that endures for 23 years.

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Clare Kilner

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Walsh ... Janice Beard
Patsy Kensit ... Julia
Rhys Ifans ... Sean
Sandra Voe Sandra Voe ... Mimi
David O'Hara ... O'Brien
Frances Grey ... Violet
Zita Sattar ... Jane
Amelia Curtis ... June
Mossie Smith Mossie Smith ... Dolores
Sarah McVicar Sarah McVicar ... Tracy
Eddie Marsan ... Mr. Tense
Perry Fenwick Perry Fenwick ... Mr. Button
Maynard Eziashi ... Clive Morley
Robbie Barnett Robbie Barnett ... Janice's Father
Jean Murphy Jean Murphy ... Midwife
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Janice's father dies of a heart attack during her birth, causing her mother to plunge into a post-natal, post-mortem agoraphobic depression that endures for 23 years.

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72% of Office Romances end in disaster. This started as one...

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Parts outdoors were filmed in Harold Hill Romford See more »

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National Express
Written by Neil Hannon
Performed by The Divine Comedy
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Comedy with a heart, which doesn't get in the way of its wacky character and fast pacing.
23 October 2001 | by krausejohnsonSee all my reviews

This movie was recommended so heatedly to me that I was fairly forced to see it. Not knowing what to expect, I was charmed and dazzled by the script, the acting, and the goofy decor and colours. For any 'girl' who's ever worked in a brainless office job this will be a delight.

The lead actor is perfectly cast as the unsquashably optimistic Janice, totally sincere even while she's lying through her teeth, overwhelmed by the demands placed on her, outclassed by the other office girls, and at the same time unwavering in her mission to save her mum in whatever way she can.

It also works because of the pacing; the story begins at a steady pace and gradually accelerates until it is literally speeding along -- our heroine works for an auto manufacturing firm -- too fast to stop. There are enough plot twists and complications to qualify "Janice Beard 45 WPM" for a French farce except, that it's in Scottish (I think).

It's not Proust and it's not "Brideshead Revisited"; it's just one of the best comedies I've seen and I've been wanting to see it again since I first saw it in 1999.


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