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Mr. Stink (2012)

Unhappy English schoolgirl meets and helps hobo with a past. Bullies and over-zealous politicians need to watch out .

Director:

Declan Lowney

Writers:

Simon Nye (additional writing), David Walliams (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nell Tiger Free ... Chloe
Hugh Bonneville ... Mr. Stink
Pudsey ... The Duchess
Jemma Donovan ... Pippa
Catherine Freeland ... Pippa's gang
Charlotte Timmons Charlotte Timmons ... Pippa's gang
Thea Elmsley Thea Elmsley ... Pippa's gang
Johnny Vegas ... Dad
Sheridan Smith ... Mother
Isabella Blake-Thomas ... Annabelle
Harish Patel ... Raj
Golda Rosheuvel ... Coffee Shop Server
David Walliams ... Prime Minister
Alex Macqueen ... News Reporter
Steve Pemberton ... Sir Derek Dimble
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Storyline

Chloe is a lonely little girl with a mother more interested in entering right-wing politics, father yearning for his old life as a rock guitarist and child prodigy younger sister. One day she meets Mr Stink, a malodorous tramp, and his clever dog the Duchess, and lets them live in the family's garden shed. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gestatten, Mr. Stink See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Trivia

Sheridan Smith and Johnny Vegas also worked in Benidorm (2007) together. See more »

Quotes

Chloe: I Googled you.
Mr. Stink: I don't know what that is, but it sounds painful.
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References The X Factor (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Good King Wenceslas
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by John M. Neale and Thomas Helmore
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Better than expected family film
28 December 2012 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

It was only by chance I caught this TV adaptation of one of the children's books David Walliams wrote, which looked the most appealing out of all of them, as it happens. But I am glad I did, for although it's not the usual kind of thing I would go out my way to watch, for what it was, it was quite well done and it should have great appeal to it's target audience.

The titular Mr. Stink (Hugh Bonneville) is a vagrant who comes to form a close friendship with a young girl named Chloe, who has problems at home and in the social world. As their bond grows, she learns the tragic truth behind Mr. Stink's decline in society and how important friendship is.

For what at first seems quite a silly and childish story (and largely is) it's quite grandiose in it's attempts to be more moving and heart warming as the tale progresses. The young girl who plays Chloe is well put in these aspects, but her plummy accent sounds out of place saying lines like 'he was the stinkiest stinker who ever stunk.' By the end it's become a real tragi-comedy, which the British do best. Of all the performers involved, it's ironically Walliams who actually works the best, as the arrogant, self serving prime minister. Bonneville works very well, too, though, turning the head of a pre-conceived idea about what a homeless person is, which might not be suitable for a family film.

For a TV production, the special effects are above average too, which will make it even more appealing to the young audience it's aimed at. It only caught me by chance and it's not the kind of thing I'd usually watch, but I was pleasantly surprised by it and maybe you'll be too. ****


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