Stiff Upper Lips 98
A film that takes the mickey out of all
the Merchant Ivory type film which funnily enough made Sam’s career.
Pre Raphelit haired, tight corset wearing
Emily is being set up with tight lipped eye raising Cedric by her brother, stupid and toffish Edward and her bossy 'Aunt Agnes
with the withering look.'
When their clever butler Frank Findlay
demands a holiday and Sean Pertwee, saves Emily from the river -he becomes their butler and
they go on a trip around the world (taking
their lawn with them). They visit a rather horny Horace (Peter Ustinov) in India, be far too dramatic in Italy and finally return home so Emily can marry the impoverished George and live
happily ever after – utter nonsense, but raises a smile.
The Problem with this film is that I
really like Merchant Ivory films and don’t think it’s worth mocking them. Anyone who gets the jokes will
have to have seen merchant ivory and be on a higher intellectual level that spoof’s operate on.
Sam’s lovely though. His stupidest
character ever I should think, and there are some very sweet scenes between him and his bears and his real life mum. Also
in his striped pyjamas!