Venus

  • 15
  • Roger Michell (2006)
  • UK / US
  • 90 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Peter O'Toole leaps off the screen (arthritic knees and all) as a septuagenarian rebel without a cause in this whimsical romantic comedy drama from Notting Hill director Roger Michell. O'Toole stars as Maurice Russell, an ageing actor who's reduced to playing corpses and coma patients on TV hospital dramas, and who spends his spare time hanging around with best friend and fellow veteran thespian Ian (an endearing Leslie Phillips). But when Maurice meets Ian's parochial but pretty young grandniece Jessie (the amusingly brash Jodie Whittaker), his heart begins to race and a complex relationship develops. While exploring similar themes to their 2003 film The Mother, Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi convey a tad more whimsy here. For Maurice, pursuing a young girl is about laughing in the face of death, though his recklessness and rapier wit start to grate on the nerves of Ian. Their early scenes are brilliantly funny, as the grumpy old men loaf in a coffee shop exchanging wonderfully pithy dialogue. Sadly, as the final curtain looms, the story bows to the conventions of melodrama, though that takes nothing away from yet another award-worthy performance from O'Toole.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama from the director of Notting Hill, starring Peter O'Toole. Ageing thespian Maurice's life is transformed when he meets Jessie, the nubile grandniece of his pal Ian. An unlikely friendship develops as the sulky Jessie allows Maurice to show her round London and help her find work. But despite the big age difference, there's no let-up in his amorous intentions towards this latter-day "Venus".

Cast and crew

Cast

Maurice Russell
Peter O'Toole
Ian
Leslie Phillips
Jessie
Jodie Whittaker
Donald
Richard Griffiths
Valerie
Vanessa Redgrave
Doctor
Philip Fox
Jillian
Cathryn Bradshaw
Jessie's boyfriend
Bronson Webb
Hospital director
Sam Spruell

Crew

Director
Roger Michell

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Guidance: 
Swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 26 Jan 2007
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Buena Vista
Categories
Comedy

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