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Johnny English

Johnny English

Peter Howitt (2003)

83min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Fans of Rowan Atkinson's rubber-faced brand of physical comedy will know what to expect from this unassuming slice of slapstick. Based around a character portrayed by the Mr Bean star in a series of Barclaycard adverts, it utilises a very British strain of schoolboy humour to send up another home-grown institution - the James Bond-style superspy. Atkinson plays the titular hero, an enthusiastic but bumbling intelligence agent appointed to track down those behind the theft of the crown jewels. In a performance comprised largely of facial tics, childish pratfalls and poo jokes, Atkinson manages to bring the simplistic screenplay to life - and even gets the girl (Natalie Imbruglia) in the process. Sliding Doors director Peter Howitt aims the movie directly at family audiences, forgoing subtlety for youngster-friendly sight gags, while the actors - particularly John Malkovich as a French megalomaniac - seem to relish the opportunity to lark around.

Summary

A bumbling secret agent becomes Britain's leading spy following the assassination of all the country's other espionage experts. Single-handedly he sets out to unmask a mysterious villain responsible for stealing the Crown Jewels - but no one is prepared to believe a sinister billionaire is the culprit. Comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia and Ben Miller.

Cast & Crew

Johnny English Rowan Atkinson
Lorna Campbell Natalie Imbruglia
Bough Ben Miller
Pascal Sauvage John Malkovich
Pegasus Tim Pigott-Smith
Prime Minister Kevin McNally
Archbishop of Canterbury Oliver Ford Davies
Carlos Vendetta Douglas McFerran
Dieter Klein Steve Nicolson
Agent One Greg Wise
Director Peter Howitt
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 11 Apr 2003

Comedy Drama

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