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Piccadilly Jim 2004

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Period comedy based on the novel by P.G. Wodehouse. Jim Crocker (Sam Rockwell) is a young American journalist living in London in the 1930s, writing a column under the name 'Piccadilly Jim', and whose wild, hard-drinking antics have scandalised his mother (Allison Janney) and father (Tom Wilkinson) and ruined their chances of further climbing the social ladder into the upper classes. When he meets the refined Ann (Frances O'Connor), he is dismayed to find that she loathes 'Piccadilly Jim', and so he conceives a scheme to win her heart by posing as the upstanding son of his own butler and travelling with her to America. Staying with her eccentric family in the States, Jim's plans are thrown into further disarray when the false pretences of the other guests become increasingly obvious.

Starring:
Cassandra Bell, Hugh Bonneville
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Cassandra Bell, Hugh Bonneville, Frances O'Connor, Tom Hollander, Sam Rockwell, Brenda Blethyn, Allison Janney, Tom Wilkinson
Director John McKay
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release Title not released yet
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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2.9 out of 5 stars
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I know it's had mixed reviews, but as someone who's read much Wodehouse BUT NOT this one, it largely won me over. It's clearly not trying to be the book on screen - it's an adaptation. And a very confident one at that. Knows how to enjoy itself, knows what's funny, totally unselfconscious, uses the medium with impressive skill. It's happy to confuse us, just like Wodehouse. Hardly puts a foot wrong. 4 and a half stars. I laughed. Many times. Just like when I read Wodehouse.
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Quite a modern feel to this book adaptation from the great P. G. Wodehouse but a fun story and ably adapted by Julian Fellowes. Costumes and sets are brilliant and the cast is great, they all look to be enjoying themselves! However, I do have to say the original book is better so read the book first and then watch the film.
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Great show, always like P G Wodehouse books made into films, all jumbled but at the end all works out well.
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This is the first decent full-length feature film ever made from a P.G. Wodehouse novel. Remember now that Wodehouse is generally regarded as THE funniest writer ever to have written (not only my opinion, luminaries like Douglas Adams and Stephen Fry concur. For heaven's sake, Evelyn Waugh said Wodehouse was the best writer in the English language of their entire generation). Having gushed so effusively, however, it must be said that filming a Wodehouse novel is a daunting task. This is because a lot of his humour was contained in the narrative, so without an annoying voice-over you are cutting out a lot. The team who put this production together nailed it, however. The players are perfect - Frances O'Conner is a sublime Wodehouse pippin-worthy girl (surely the greatest compliment that can be paid to one of the gentle gender), Sam Rockwell is the ultimate rakish knut (Wodehouse's word for an unemployed young bounder generally getting up to trouble). Tom Wilkinson is his usual excellent self, and the Aunts (Wodehouse's greatest enemies) are, well, devestatingly aunt-like. Also spot the wonderful 'cameo's. Perhaps the best feature of the film, however, is the sets and other incidentals, this film may be the greatest celebration of 1930s art-deco and related style ever gifted to a dulled generation. The plot is brilliantly translated for the screen (although conservatives like myself might cavail at the greater sexual licence than Wodehouse might have liked). Altogether, this is a must-own cult classic, may the makers continue!
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Its a P. G. Wodehouse story and it was a talented enough cast, so the director has to be blamed for this production falling flat.

I didn't so much as raise a smile throughout. Which is pretty poor for a comedy. The plot is full of colourful characters, but they all came across as dull and uninteresting. I suspect that there needed to be less, better scripted, better directed scenes.

I would recommend this to no-one. Perhaps 2 Stars is generous.
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