My son wanted to rent this last weekend, and I was not keen. I'd read the press reviews stating how limp is was, and I looked on the reviews here and thought that the rather mixed response would probably tally with my own view that, Rowan Atkinson, whilst funny on the small screen (with the exception of Thin Blue Line and Mr. Bean, which I find funny but too excruciating after a while) does not translate well to the big screen as a main character.
How wrong I was.
We rented it and, begrudgingly, I watched it. In moments I was thoroughly enjoying it. It is a pure example of classic British Farce, and the jokes, visual and aural, are enough to keep you laughing out loud, a rare event for me!
Certainly, if one is looking for a modern day commentary of government policy, the futility of life in western society, or even subtle comedy that you can smugly chuckle at in the safe knowledge that the plebians around you are too uneducated to understand, go to an arts cinema, but if you wish to be entertained and have your mood lightened by some classic silliness, then buy this movie.
We did. The day after renting it.