Entries Tagged 'Comedy' ↓

agnes browne

Angelica Huston stars and makes her directing debut in this hard-luck tale of a Dublin woman coping with 7 children after the death of her husband. Although some of the characters seem underdeveloped and some scenes seem contrived, this film is worth watching for the interaction between Agnes and her best friend while they take driving lessons and ponder the existence of “organisms.” [us, 1999]

saving grace

The twist in this giddy dope-fest is that its key perpetrator is not Cheech nor Chong but a prim Cornwall matron. When Grace’s no-good hubby drops dead leaving her a pile of debt, she turns her green-thumb from flowers to weed in order to save her sprawling home. Tending to her hothouse loaded with gooey bud not only frees her from her proper past, but sends the village kooks into a frenzy of toking, choking, and irresistible laughing fits. [uk, 2000]

bollywood/hollywood

In Deepa Mehta’s giddy nod to India & America’s movie-making goliaths, the action takes place somewhere between – in her polyglot home of Toronto. When a young dot com millionaire’s fiance dies, his weeping mother advises him that ‘the best cure for a broken heart is marriage’. To please her, he embarks on a fake engagement with a gorgeous and multi-talented escort (Toronto-born Lisa Ray achieved fame in India). There’s an imperious grandmother who speaks in Shakespearean quotes and a transvestite chauffeur. Cue the uproarious song-and dance-numbers and join in the good times. [canada, 2002]

brief encounter

Based on a Noel Coward play, this 1945 classic, is the story of a suburban housewife who happens into passionate love in a railway station on one of her weekly trips to town for groceries. Celia Howard stars as Laura, a woman who is wracked by guilt as she remembers the unrequited passion she felt for a stranger all while her husband worries about her nerves. This film captures the subtlety of married love and contrasts it to the roller coaster of emotions brought on by an affair (or the mere thought of one) through glances, swelling Rachmaninoff, and the ever present motif of trains. [uk, 1945]