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Absolutely Anything

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2015
  • Terry Jones
  • 85 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Neil ClarkeSimon Pegg
CatherineKate Beckinsale
RaySanjeev Bhaskar
GrantRob Riggle
HeadmasterEddie Izzard
FionaMeera Syal
Chief alienJohn Cleese
Miss PringleEmma Pierson
Nasty alienTerry Gilliam
Scientist alienTerry Jones
Salubrious GatEric Idle
Kindly alienMichael Palin
DennisRobin Williams

Crew

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DirectorTerry Jones

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate UK Ltd/ Lionsgate International (UK) Ltd
Released on
2015-08-14
Language
English
Guidance
Some swearing, sexual references.
Formats
Colour
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