The All Together

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The news that this tawdry British caper comedy was made with an ultra-low budget is more of a relief than a cause for celebration as it comes across like a protracted and painfully unfunny homage to the Marx Brothers sketch from ‘A Night At The Opera’ in which Groucho persists in inviting people into his already-cramped cabin. As misanthropic TV producer Charlie, Martin Freeman reassumes all the tics that won him an army of fans in ‘The Office’ while Danny Dyer pops up playing, well, Danny Dyer, confirming that he wouldn’t know a good script if it struck him over the head with a pool cue. The few laughs come care of Velibor Topic as wacky Bosnian housemate Bob, who harbours a penchant for combining taxidermy and pornography (you do the math). Yet writer-director Gavin Claxton’s grasp on reality is non-existent, with every set-up shrouded in an air of implausibility despite copious amounts of ironic winking to the camera. The monumentally ludicrous conclusion only serves to emphasise what a poorly developed and resiliently stupid piece of work this is.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday May 11 2007
Duration: 83 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Gavin Claxton
Screenwriter: Gavin Claxton
Cast: Martin Freeman
Corey Johnson
Danny Dyer
Velibor Topic
Richard Harrington
Amanda Abbington
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Andy Powney

Great film Gav, dont listen to the negatives. More slapstick required though a la l&h. Good to see you doing well.

Andy Powney

Great film Gav, dont listen to the negatives. More slapstick required though a la l&h. Good to see you doing well.

claire

One of my favourite films, achingly funny; gavin claxton and I have the same sense of humour. poor david jenkins, i would love to know what his favourite comedy is x

claire

One of my favourite films, achingly funny; gavin claxton and I have the same sense of humour. poor david jenkins, i would love to know what his favourite comedy is x

Aghast of Ealing

Erm, this is a FARCE. For those not familiar with the genre (which would seem to include David Jenkins), this is a classic British farce. Part of the joy is seeing Danny Dyer poking fun at himself and the style of film he usually makes. Yes, it's tongue in cheek but that is how it is meant to be. There are certainly some laugh out loud moments if you can only allow yourself to let go and understand this is not an attempt at great art. It's certainly not an homage to the Marx Brothers - where did that idea spring from? Classic British farce is difficult to get right - to be knowing but not overly so, to be ludicrous and poke fun at itself without having a joke at the audience's expense. This film manages to achieve this in spades.