The Harry Hill Movie

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The Harry Hill Movie

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Fri Dec 20 2013

Compared to the media blitzkrieg that greeted the releases of ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ and ‘Anchorman 2’, ‘The Harry Hill Movie’ is a triumph of stealth marketing: a few bus ads aside, it’s basically been left to fend for itself. Which is a shame, because this has bigger laughs (if not nearly enough of them) and wilder ideas than either – provided you’re tuned into Hill’s idiosyncratic brand of slyly subversive, surreally silly seaside slapstick. The plot is frankly idiotic, involving Harry’s grotty nan (Julie Walters), his beloved hamster Abu (Johnny Vegas) and his evil long-lost brother who was raised by alsatians (Matt Lucas).

There’s not enough here to sustain 88 minutes, too many of the jokes fall flat and the image of Julie Walters rapping isn’t one you’ll be able to shift soon. But the set-piece gags are memorable: a satnav with the voice of a Yakuza boss (‘we would be honoured if you would take the second exit’), a psychedelic B&B run by The Magic Numbers, a completely apropos-of-nothing dance routine to ‘Nutbush City Limits’ in Lucas’s evil lair, and best of all a game cameo from Jim Broadbent as a mutant charlady at a nuclear power plant. There will be those who find ‘The Harry Hill Movie’ about as amusing as a trip to the dentist. They’re wrong.

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UK release:

Fri Dec 20, 2013

Cast and crew

Director:

Steve Bendelack

Screenwriter:

Jon Foster, James Lamont

Cast:

Harry Hill, Julie Walters, Simon Bird, Matt Lucas

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lewis

It is the worst film I have ever seen the singing was dreadful not even funny 1 star

lewis

It is the worst film I have ever seen the singing was dreadful not even funny 1 star

Rebecca

This was the worst movie I have seen in a long time. I am embarrassed to say that I have been to see it :-(

Rebecca

This was the worst movie I have seen in a long time. I am embarrassed to say that I have been to see it :-(

critique

ARCHGATE - welcome back! Fun family comedy, over-stretched at an hour and a half. If you like Harry Hill, you can`t go far wrong.

critique

ARCHGATE - welcome back! Fun family comedy, over-stretched at an hour and a half. If you like Harry Hill, you can`t go far wrong.

ARCHGATE

It is my pleasure to report that this is the worst film ever made. Awesomely perfect its crapness.

ARCHGATE

It is my pleasure to report that this is the worst film ever made. Awesomely perfect its crapness.

Mason Paul

You realy need to understand Harry Hill's brand of comedy to get maximum enjoyment but my wife and I thought it was great all round entertainment for the whole family leaving you with the feeling that you had been entertained and had a good laugh. Just refreshing in this fast paced world. My son and his friend (who didnt even know who Harry Hill was) couldn't stop laughing. Well worth a view

Mason Paul

You realy need to understand Harry Hill's brand of comedy to get maximum enjoyment but my wife and I thought it was great all round entertainment for the whole family leaving you with the feeling that you had been entertained and had a good laugh. Just refreshing in this fast paced world. My son and his friend (who didnt even know who Harry Hill was) couldn't stop laughing. Well worth a view

Abu

Ahh, shut it you tarts! This was one hilarious movie! It helps to be a Harry Hill afficianado - but I, and the rest of the audience, laughed all the way through. Loved all the movie references ... The Exorcist, Godzilla, et al. Ditto the Bungling Henchmen, great soundtrack and dance routines - what's not to like? Oh, maybe nothing, if you've had a sense of humour by-pass. You know who I mean, you arty farty critics ...

Abu

Ahh, shut it you tarts! This was one hilarious movie! It helps to be a Harry Hill afficianado - but I, and the rest of the audience, laughed all the way through. Loved all the movie references ... The Exorcist, Godzilla, et al. Ditto the Bungling Henchmen, great soundtrack and dance routines - what's not to like? Oh, maybe nothing, if you've had a sense of humour by-pass. You know who I mean, you arty farty critics ...

Chris

I'm lost for words Why was this funded Why did respectable actors take part in it I was embarrasssed been seen exiting the cinema having watched it I actually watched it for free and still felt like I should ask for a refund Appaling Jedward is the closest comparison

Chris

I'm lost for words Why was this funded Why did respectable actors take part in it I was embarrasssed been seen exiting the cinema having watched it I actually watched it for free and still felt like I should ask for a refund Appaling Jedward is the closest comparison

Juan Carlos

Totally agree with Lauren. This is an awful and embarrassing film that competes with the Keith Lemon film as the worst I have seen in years. It is cringeworthy and little more than than a series of naff set pieces that would have been rejected as too poor in the first few series of "Burp". Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters surely must be smart enough to swerve this film and Bird and Smith will no doubt pay money to try to hide this farago from the cv. No press viewings and no reviews leading up to the release generally mean the film is poor. This is very poor. Worth 1 star as one of the worst films in recent memory. If this was on the tv I doubt many, if any, would last to the first advertising break before turning off. Avoid!

Juan Carlos

Totally agree with Lauren. This is an awful and embarrassing film that competes with the Keith Lemon film as the worst I have seen in years. It is cringeworthy and little more than than a series of naff set pieces that would have been rejected as too poor in the first few series of "Burp". Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters surely must be smart enough to swerve this film and Bird and Smith will no doubt pay money to try to hide this farago from the cv. No press viewings and no reviews leading up to the release generally mean the film is poor. This is very poor. Worth 1 star as one of the worst films in recent memory. If this was on the tv I doubt many, if any, would last to the first advertising break before turning off. Avoid!

Alex

The kids loved it, and I didn't hate it. It's knockabout fun, and unashamedly so. I think the problem with this film is the marketing - it is a kid's film, but they haven't made that clear. It certainly seems like a lot of the reviewers for other publications missed this point.

Alex

The kids loved it, and I didn't hate it. It's knockabout fun, and unashamedly so. I think the problem with this film is the marketing - it is a kid's film, but they haven't made that clear. It certainly seems like a lot of the reviewers for other publications missed this point.

Lauren Melia

Not sure how the star studded cast thought this was a good idea for a storyline. 88 minutes of my life i'll never get back. Dreadful. P.s. A trip to the dentist would be preferable over watching this film again.

Lauren Melia

Not sure how the star studded cast thought this was a good idea for a storyline. 88 minutes of my life i'll never get back. Dreadful. P.s. A trip to the dentist would be preferable over watching this film again.

Graham

Giving this 5 stars just on the strength of the trailer. Expect this to sweep the board at the Oscars next year.

Graham

Giving this 5 stars just on the strength of the trailer. Expect this to sweep the board at the Oscars next year.