Brian Stimpson is the headmaster of a comprehensive (high) school in England. He sets himself, his staff and pupils very high standards. On the way to a conference at which he is to talk, all manner of disasters strike.
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Frenetic, as its title suggests, comedy which exploits to the fullest John Cleese's uptight obsessions with discipline and punctuality. If the psychoanalytical interpretation is only hinted at, the rest of the film is rather uninvolving as a satire of the British ethos of punctuality. Since the iconoclasm is toned down the only rewards stem from Cleese's amazing body language and expressions in control of clumsiness.
Rather pedestrian film-making for an otherwise frantic farce that charges all over the place. It never quite fizzes but it fits Cleese like a glove and the ending has a nicely downbeat quality that Hollywood probably would not tolerate.