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The Hippopotamus (2017)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1 August 2017 (USA)
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Disgraced poet Ted Wallace is summoned to his friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles.

Director:

John Jencks

Writers:

Stephen Fry (based on the novel by), Blanche McIntyre | 3 more credits »
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Roger Allam ... Ted Wallace
Tim Charles ... Saturninus
Rod Glenn ... Bassianus
Amanda Holt Amanda Holt ... Beatrice Quiet
Amy Marchant Amy Marchant ... Nancy Chunkle
Adrian Bouchet ... Marcus Andronicus
Simon Markey ... Ally Pecher
Claire Lacey Claire Lacey ... Anita Hare
Andrew Alexander Andrew Alexander ... Matthew Lake
Russell Tovey ... Rupert Keynes
Paul Bown Paul Bown ... Roddy (as Paul Brown)
Emily Berrington ... Jane Swann
Dean Ridge ... Simon Logan
Thaila Zucchi Thaila Zucchi ... Mrs. Vance
Fiona Shaw ... Anne Logan
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A country manor mystery that's actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, The Hippopotamus is a rollicking adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephen Fry. It centers on a lapsed poet, failed drama critic, redundant husband and hard-working drunk, Ted Wallace (the mellifluously voiced Roger Allam in a rare starring role). Fired from his newspaper job, Ted leaps at the chance to drown his sorrows at his old friend's country estate, Swafford Hall. A series of spiritual healings have recently put the household in a tizzy. The purported miracle worker is his hosts' teenage son, Ted's godson, David (Tommy Knight). Lord and Lady Logan are set on sharing their boy's "gift" with the world, blissfully unaware that his "laying on of hands" trick involves, well, an emphasis on "laying." At odds with a colorful party of fellow guests only too ready to swallow anything they're told, Ted sets out to prove the miracles are a hoax and save the young man from a lifetime of embarrassment. Written by https://teaser-trailer.com

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A beast of a comedy.

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Comedy

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UK

Language:

English

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1 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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This movie contains three Game of Thrones (2011) cast members, including Roger Allam, Tim McInnerny and Sebastian Croft. See more »

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Ted Wallace: Feeling like twelve types of dick, I was suddenly struck by an image of David sprouting wings and flying away. Certainly that would be a miracle worth investigating.
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Written by Marian Grudeff and Ray Jessel (as Raymond Jessel)
Performed by Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp.
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Witless
19 July 2017 | by ferdinand1932See all my reviews

What a demonstration of Fry's weaknesses as a writer: the quasi-Evelyn Waugh story; the undergraduate reflections on life and love; the vulgarity to shock and seek a laugh. The terrible news is that this is not funny at all, not even wrily in and English with a gin and tonic bone-dry drollness funny: in fact, it's witless and boring.

But it's worse than that: it is a lousy pastiche of a third rate 1930s novel written by some forgotten hack who went to a minor public school and then never published another book. Hence the cheap and common jibes about writing and publishing, mostly true too, but nonetheless dull as the proverbial ditch water to hear served up again.

The film adds a voice over to give the audience the musings and assorted drunken drivel from the author protagonist, who is a crumpled forgettable middle-aged man of no discernible attributes.

The plot tests the audiences' patience and good humor with its series of jokes about emissions deliberately designed to upset sensitive aunties. It wastes the talents of all involved and must be considered an elaborate tax avoidance scheme conceived in order to lose money.


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