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Cheeky (2003)

Consumed with sadness after the death of his wife and subsequent rejection from his son, a widower, at the urging of his friends, opts to appear on a vulgar, wildly popular game show (for ... See full summary »

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David Thewlis

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David Thewlis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Thewlis ... Harry Sankey
Lisa Gorman Lisa Gorman ... Nancy Sankey
Sean Ward Sean Ward ... Sam Sankey
Rosalind Knight Rosalind Knight ... Pam
Linda Kerr Scott Linda Kerr Scott ... Peggy
Eddie Marsan ... Reg
Mark Benton ... Big Mick
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Kenny
Johnny Vegas ... Alf Price
Ashley Thewlis Ashley Thewlis ... Karen
Joseph Johnston Joseph Johnston ... Crusty
Benedict Macdonald Benedict Macdonald ... Snot (as Ben Macdonald)
Tim Potter ... Horace
Suzanne Nixon Suzanne Nixon ... Harriet
Stephen Bent Stephen Bent ... Albert Sharples
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Consumed with sadness after the death of his wife and subsequent rejection from his son, a widower, at the urging of his friends, opts to appear on a vulgar, wildly popular game show (for which his wife signed him up) and watches his life start to change for the better. Written by Anonymous

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English

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2 August 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Descarado See more »

Filming Locations:

Ambleside, Cumbria, England, UK

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EuropaCorp,Xingu Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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David Thewlis, who wrote the screenplay, was not meant to direct the film, let alone be in it. He has since said that "it's just too much stress. It's just awful", and that with Cheeky he "didn't have a very good time and I don't like the finished product... It's not rubbish, but it's not what it was supposed to be. It was supposed to be something much stranger. It was supposed to be very inspired by Buñuel, but you'd struggle to see that." See more »

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A bit of a mess...
23 March 2007 | by rmsulli29See all my reviews

I'm a big David Thewlis fan, so I was thrilled to obtain a copy of a film written by, directed by, and starring him. However, in spite of my expectations, I found it to be a bit of a mess. At the core, it has potential; the story of a father and son, each of whom blame the other for the death of his wife/mother, is quite compelling. Setting all of this in the context of a frenetic game show with an obnoxious host only makes the plot more intriguing. However, throughout the film there are significant distractions (e.g. a potential love interest for the main character, a small town full of quirky denizens), and the film seems to lose its focus. Also, although the set-up lends itself to a mixture of comedy and drama, I never felt like the two fit seamlessly together, rather the film seems to leap back and forth from one to the other.

I'd recommend Cheeky to fans of Thewlis, as there are a number of moments in which he displays his brilliance as an actor (and without question it's better than other films he's been in such as Timeline, The Island of Dr. Moreau, or Basic Instinct 2).


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