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The Harry Hill Movie 2013

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Surreal comedy starring award-winning British comedian, author and TV presenter Harry Hill. Featuring machine gun-toting chickens and a terminally ill hamster, the film follows Harry and his Nan (Julie Walters) as they travel to Blackpool while being pursued by a mentally unstable veterinarian (Simon Bird). While on the journey, the pair are met with a whole host of other weird and wonderful characters including Harry's long-lost twin Otto (Matt Lucas) and Michelle (Sheridan Smith), an underwater shell person.

Starring:
Harry Hill
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Harry Hill
Director Steve Bendelack
Genres Comedy
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 14 April 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Harry Hill
Director Steve Bendelack
Genres Comedy
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 14 April 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ian Armer VINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Okay, I concede - it probably shouldn't have been a cinema release, but did it really deserve the amount of vitriol poured over it? Some people obviously think so, because The Harry Hill Movie took a royal bashing by the critics and quite a few audience members. Why? Well, it's blatantly obvious why - the movie is a 70's throwback (Replace Harry, Nan and Abu with The Goodies) that tries to please the whole family but is possibly too genteel for modern tastes yet too post-modern surreal for the older generations.

Well, I really liked it, but you sort of have to tune in to the wavelength in order to fully appreciate it. The humour is genuine Harry Hill - not the mainstream TV Burp - and more akin to his stage shows than his more well-known TV series. The acting is very good, the songs are great, it's certainly not 'boring' and even if it is slightly hit and miss, the hit ratio is certainly higher than the misses.

Maybe it's not nasty enough? It's lacking the more explicit vicious streak that creeps into Hill's comedy, but I quite liked Harry's almost uncaring nonchalance about anything in the story that didn't directly affect himself. His constant dismissal of Abu (and the pay off) is gleefully rotten and Harry comes across as a selfish (if strangely likeable) caricature of his comedy creation.

The film refuses to pander to the TV Burp crowd (no Knitted Character here) but maybe that link to past glories might have anchored the movie as it feels quite adrift in a free-form comedy universe that seems to be finding its feet.

I can't say you'll enjoy it as much as I did. Maybe you will, maybe you won't - but if you are willing to go with the flow and plug into the humour, there's a lot of fun to be had here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 23 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a surreal comedy, probably best for 7 to 13 year olds (my 11 year old daughter loved it). It has a stellar British cast, with luminaries such as Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. It is very much in the style of The Goodies and The Mighty Boosh. Harry has a terminally ill hamster named Abu. A vet gives Abu one week to live, and so Harry decides to give his beloved pet the best week of his life, setting off on a road trip with nan (played by Julie Walters). They head for Blackpool, via a detour to Blackpole. Cue some extremely silly, and mildly amusing, scenes. Abu is genetically mutated into a 40 feet tall monster hamster, and goes on the attack against the British Army ( remember Kitten Kong in The Goodies?). Harry falls in love with a half human half shellfish being (very Mighty Boosh). All the while, Harry's long lost evil twin brother, played by Matt Lucas, wants to steal Abu, and he sends his henchmen in hot pursuit of the ailing rodent. One of the henchmen, played by Simon Bird (the nerdy one in The Inbetweeners), is deliciously ham acted. The movie is very vividly coloured, like an Austin Powers movie, but what ultimately lets it down, is the lack of a killer script. With such wonderful actors, decent special F/X, lovely visuals, and a ripping soundtrack, all the ingredients are there, but it needed a funnier script to bind it all together. With a better script, this flick could have been on a par with the Austen Powers trilogy, but sadly it falls short. That said, my daughter was entranced, which is a vote of confidence from what I imagine was the target audience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BritHorrorHound on 4 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I have just finished watching this on a streaming service, and came here immediately to buy the Blu Ray! I absolutely loved it,didn't know what to expect, but was hooked in minutes. It's a combination of slapstick and surreal humour that gels wonderfully.If like me you'd been put off by all the negative reviews, give it a go you maybe surprised!
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Collins on 4 April 2014
Format: DVD
This is a really good family film, especially if you're a fan of the man himself.

It stars Harry Hill, Julie Walters, Matt Lucas, Jim Broadbent, Simon Bird, Sheridan Smith and a few other well known British faces and it is essentially a road movie involving a hamster (voiced by Jonny Vegas). If you like slapstick and one liners (usual of Hill's TV shows You've Been Framed and TV Burp) then you will probably like this as well.

It is aimed at kids but a few of the innuendous adult reerences are funny, and Walters steals the show as Hill's zany Nan.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 1 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Harry has an evil twin brother, who looks like Matt Lucas, who wants Harry's pet hamster to finish off his weird hamster town type thing.

He hires Simon Bird, and a Richard Keil lookalike to apprehend the hamster, but Harry thinks that the hamster only has a week to live, so he takes him on a trip of a lifetime, to Blackpole.....

Well come on, what did you expect?

It's called The Harry Hill Movie, it was released the week before Christmas, and it's aimed at the little ones, so it's hardly going for the art-house crowd.

As you would expect, it's bonkers, confused, and way over the top, but Harry has that presence that you can almost forgive him for doing this, and give praise for him at least trying to give us some sort of plot and narrative.

It's also a musical if you want to put the knife in a little deeper, and features a mutant hamster, shell people, and a strange reference to The House Of Wax.

Out of all the TV characters and series that get big screen incarnations, this is far from the worst one out there, because it just doesn't even try to make any sense of it's own narrative.

Great for a Saturday morning when you've woke up unexpectedly early and have nothing to do.
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