How many years since Waking Ned played in the cinemas??? Ten?
Well, it doesn't really matter, does it? It's one of the greatest British movies there is, and to me it's to be seen as a classic already.
Good God, I almost laughed my head off and still do so every time I watch this wonderful movie. Up to this day, I keep asking myself how the actors could do their jobs without permanently bursting out laughing if not even ending up rolling on the floor?!
For instance, there's the scene with the two friends finding Ned in his armchair, dead, holding the lottery ticket in his cold fingers, big grin on his face, the telly still on, and then they decide to do whatever it takes to get the lottery win for the whole of their community, having to camouflage facts a bit, one of them being Neds big grin on his face, a possible giveaway to anybody who could want to have deeper insight into the goings on. So they try to get that grin off of Ned's dead face, getting it too serious, too grumpy, whatever... How on earth can one do such a scene acting as if that was the most natural thing in the world?
Oscar level to me!
Not to mention the naked old chap sitting on the motor bike, rushing back to Ned's cottage because the lottery man - blessed with hayfever, thank God, as they understand later on - is on his way to the winner?
... and the poor pig farmer, trying every soap available to get rid of the pig stench for that's what's keeping his beloved sweetheart in denial of her own love for him?!
Get the CD, put it in the player and enjoy... BUT FIRST TO THE LOO! ;-)