Absolutely Anything

Absolutely Anything

Terry Jones (2015)

85min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Former Python Terry Jones directs this surreal comedy starring Simon Pegg as a man given the power to do absolutely anything by a group of observing aliens (the Monty Python gang), who use his actions to judge the fate of the planet. An evocative idea soon withers as all involved wander into a slightly bizarre romance. Plot points are abandoned regularly as the story takes turns that are nonsensical, and throughout there's a sense that Jones and co-writer Gavin Scott didn't know where to go once the main premise is established. Pegg does his best to make sense of the madness, and while he's mainly donning wacky outfits and talking to a dog, he remains likeable - especially when next to a one-dimensional Kate Beckinsale, playing his neighbour and dream girl. Animated segments should offer some nostalgic interest to Python fans, but it's scant reward for a wish-fulfilment comedy that doesn't fulfil anyone's wishes.

Summary

A race of mysterious aliens grants a disillusioned teacher with the power to make anything he thinks of a reality to see how he will cope. His abilities inevitably throw the world into chaos and do not make his troubled love life any simpler - even with a talking dog on his side. Sci-fi comedy, starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale, and featuring the voice of Robin Williams, in his final film role.

Cast & Crew

Neil Clarke Simon Pegg
Catherine Kate Beckinsale
Ray Sanjeev Bhaskar
Grant Rob Riggle
Headmaster Eddie Izzard
Fiona Meera Syal
Chief alien John Cleese
Miss Pringle Emma Pierson
Nasty alien Terry Gilliam
Scientist alien Terry Jones
Salubrious Gat Eric Idle
Kindly alien Michael Palin
Dennis Robin Williams
Director Terry Jones
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Lionsgate UK Ltd/ Lionsgate International (UK) LtdGuidance: Some swearing, sexual references.Released on: 14 Aug 2015
Drama Comedy