This is a daft British holiday-meets-mistaken-identity movie starring the irrepressible Dudley Moore, Richard Griffiths (Mr Dursley - all the Harry Potter films) and Penelope Wilton (Harriet Jones in Doctor Who), ably supported by Patsy Kensit, Andreas Katsulas and Alison Steadman. Moore is at his put-upon best, sent to Venice to buy a property as his last chance of keeping his job, and misidentified by the mafia as the hit-man sent to kill Katsulas. The film's unlikely premise is that the Italian bellboy cannot tell the difference between 'Lawton', 'Horton' and 'Orton'. Moore is Orton, Bryan Brown is hitman Lawton, and Richard Griffiths is pompous mayor Horton, looking for an illicit liaison with lonely single Wilton, but falling in by mistake with Estate Agent Patsy Kensit, who was in reality supposed to be meeting Moore. Steadman arrives as Griffiths's irate wife just when you imagine things can't get worse.
A little confused by this? Not half as much as the characters are. The unlikely bellboy premise is repeated so often that it becomes a superb running gag.
Best line of the film: Penelope Wilton to hit-man Bryan Brown: "Things will pick up when you're a florist"
Second best line: Brown (to Griffiths, Steadman and Wilton, as everything unravels, and just after Dudley Moore has blown up the mafiosa by mistake): "There's been a misunderstanding somewhere."
This is not in any sense a 'great' film, and it never pretends to be. But it's hectic and heart-warming, and everyone gets something in the end, except for the mafia, who get blown up, and philanderer Griffiths, whose villa (purchased as the price of Kensit's silence) turns out to be a dud.
Superb fun, and worth watching every once in a while.