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Gangsta Granny (2013)

A young bored boy and his grandma decide to join hands and steal the crown jewels, after discovering that she used to be a jewel thief.

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... Granny
... Mike
... Linda
Reece Buttery ... Ben
Jocelyn Jee Esien ... Kelly
... Raj
... Mr. Parker
George Hill ... Terrence
... Herself
... Flavio Flavoli
... Florence
Leo Wringer ... Doctor Long
Tim Frances ... Doctor Edwards
... Judge (as Russell-Leighton Dixon)
... PC McClintock
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Whilst his parents Linda and Mike spend every weekend ballroom dancing 11 year old Ben goes to stay with his granny, whom he initially finds boring. Then one day he finds a huge collection of jewels in a biscuit tin and discovers she was once a notorious burglar, the Black Cat, though she was never caught as she never tried to sell her spoils. Ben decides they should pull off the biggest heist of all, stealing the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London, using his intimate knowledge of plumbing to enter. Despite his parents' disastrous attempt to get him on the dance floor and the intrusive Neighbourhood Watch warden Parker the couple effect their daring plan. They do not succeed but are allowed to escape by a Royal personage, whom they happen to meet. Sadly Granny does not make it to Christmas but her legacy lives on - in the millions raised for charity by her jewels and the profound effect she has had on the Royal personage. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Strictly for kids
26 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Another David Walliams book adapted for TV and showcases Julia McKenzie as a cabbage obsessed grandmother who also masquerades as an international jewel thief.

Her grandson Ben despairs of being sent to his dull grandmother's house every Friday night by his parents (played David Walliams and Miranda Hart) who go ballroom dancing. However Ben soon realises that his grandmother has hidden talents beyond cabbage soup and soon hatches a plan to steal the Crown Jewels whilst evading nosey neighbour played by Rob Brydon.

Its a film that will be a hit with the kids although adults would be nonplussed until Joanna Lumley appears as the Queen and starts dancing.

Its a touching tale about bonding with the elderly but really expected something more involving. Walliams and Hart who provide able support but not enough laughs with their strictly dancing carry on.

Look out for Robbie Williams as Latino dancer Flavio although he probably should regret getting all those tattoos as it hinders an acting career.


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