One of the better TV to cinema crossovers, but still falls short of feeling like an actual film & not just as surplus to the small-screen series. There was a lot of potential with the idea of Alan milking the ensuing media circus of a tragic event to benefit his own struggling career, but this gets quickly sidelined by the silly kidnapping plot. Still very funny & entertaining, but doesn't really aspire to much else.
Suspect Coogan insisted that he have cooler hair in this trans-Atlantic enterprise than in the various television series! Coming after Mid-Morning Matters necessitates a claustrophobic start confined to the radio studio so it's a relief when Alan & Pat get out onto the road. Yet high-stakes action renders Alan's desperation less absurd so it was always going to be a balancing act. Fun, but not essential. Sparks tho!
I actually think this is one of those rare occasions where a sitcom/TV character does transfer to the cinematic format better than expected. The story was kept simple, the focus was on Alan P and his idiosyncratic behaviour as he reacted to the situation around and the format did not over extend itself. To top it off some very funny scenes. :-)
A bit too myopically focused on Alan Partridge himself to create much of an interesting scenario or do much with the characters surrounding him. Felicity Montagu manages to create a fully realized character with very little screen time, but Colm Meaney is given too little to do. Still, Steve Coogan more than justifies the camera's attention, showcasing an array of comic talents.