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Johnny English
Review by Ross Anthony

I'm a Rowan Atkinson fan. Silly yes, but usually a subtle wit tied like a rubber chicken to the site gags. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for "English."

My date enjoyed the movie far more than myself. Perhaps I expected too much. Obvious set up, punch. Obvious set up, punch. I had to search for humor even in his pure silliness.

Anyway, hope you enjoy it more than I Ö and it might be that the kids will be on the floor holding their bellies.

Here's the studio's blurb:
Rowan Atkinson, the brilliant physical comedian whose outrageous pratfalls and subversively innocent humor have made him a star in hilarious classics ranging from the cult U.K. series Black Adder to the worldwide hit Bean, is back on the big screen in the family comedy Johnny English.

When her majesty's crown jewels are stolen by a conniving Frenchman (John Malkovich), who also plans to steal the queen's throne, Johnny English (Atkinson), a bit unseasoned but intensely enthusiastic, is thrown onto the case. Fast cars, high tech gadgets, top secret info - Johnny can hardly believe it. He may be in over his head, but his courage and dedication are unmatched - especially after he meets double agent Lorna Campbell (Natalie Imbruglia) and discovers that falling in love makes saving the nation even more exciting.

From Working Title Films, Johnny English is a spy comedy with thrills, chills and surprises for the whole family.

  • Johnny English. Copyright © 2003.
  • Starring Rowan Atkinson, Natalie Imbruglia, Ben Miller, John Malkovich.
  • Directed by Peter Howitt.
  • Screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and William Davies.
  • Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Mark Huffam at Universal.


Copyright © 2003. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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