Cleese’s great contribution to the cinema form might just be combining genuine British pathos (if there actually is such a thing) with true British humor (also, up for debate). Cleese elicits true sympathy just for being stuck being British, a monumental feat.
The meticulous plotting of this farce is so much fun. Every character is amazing. Though probably the most dastardly, Kevin Kline's Otto is a personal favourite because of his proto-hipster pseudo intellectualism. The steamroller scene might be among the best cinematic comedy scenes ever. Like a lot of comedies, some parts have not aged that well, but a lot of these fumbles are easy to acknowledge and then look past.
Mean-spirited but rarely TOO mean-spirited. Funny, in post-9/11land, watching a movie that concludes with several comedic gunfights taking place in an airport which culminate in a CIA assassin whose feet are stuck in cement being told America is a loser country before being ran over by a steamroller. AND.. uh.. John Cleese is hot as fuck? #Goals. + The 2 love stories (woman & man, man & fish) are legit heartwarming.
John Cleese takes on the "no honor amongst thieves" theme with a heist caper which steadily paces the (often violent, often hysterical, sometimes both at once) absurd exploration of the tropes, capped by Otto, in an award winning turn by Kevin Kline...An extra treat for Pythonites, the hapless Ken, portrayed by Michael Palin...
Showcase for Jamie Lee Curtis in comedic roles and Kevin Kline in general sort of winds up being a showcase for how hunky John Cleese was in the 70's and 80's. I'm serious, he was really, really hot. I mean- Kevin, who? (Of course, if Kevin Kline's role had been filled by Bryan Cranston, I'd have a greater personal conflict on my hands.)
Everbody here seems to consider this one as a masterpiece of British comedy. I found this film very silly with grotesque situations and pale caricatures...not funny and the cheesy 80s mood makes it even worse. Just my opinion. Maybe you'll say that I don't have any sense of humor. I don't give a damn.
Molto carino,con spruzzate di quel tipico humor inglese a volte un pò banalotto ma sempre gradevole.La trama non è molto arzigogolata,si segue bene,i personaggi sono carini e quasi mai enfatici,e le gag sono piacevoli(quella col montaggio alternato del doppio menage è forse la migliore).Finale un pò sottotono, ma cmq resta una pellicola assolutamente apprezzabile.