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Stiff Upper Lips 2000 R CC

4.2 out of 5 stars (28) IMDb 6.4/10

This irresistibly sexy comedy tells the outrageous story of a beautiful girl and her unlikely romantic awakening! Pretty young Emily has just reached the ripe old marrying age of 22, and her obnoxious family have already matched her with an upper-crust stiff.

Starring:
Frank Finlay, Prunella Scales
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Gary Sinyor
Starring Frank Finlay, Prunella Scales
Supporting actors Georgina Cates, Peter Ustinov, Sean Pertwee, Samuel West, Brian Glover, Richard Braine, Robert Portal
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By A Customer on November 20, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I caught 'Stiff Upper Lips' on PBS tonight. It was the first time ever that I laughed my arse off watching 'Masterpiece Theatre.' (When the English lawn was unpacked from its crate and set up, in the middle of an Italian plaza, for a proper tea, I had to stick my fist in my mouth to keep from howling and waking the neighbors.)
The plot is familiar enough, pieced together from various tedious English period dramas: Emily, a pretty old maid of 22 (Georgina Cates, from 'An Awfully Big Adventure'), and George, a strapping scum-of-the-earth, are denied true love because of (yawn) stifling social conventions and pretensions, as personified by some very funny stereotypes. Here, let's see if I can rattle them off: there is the prim auntie (Prunella Scales), the upper class twit with the teddy collection, the unctious vicar, the bloated India imperialist (Peter Ustinov), the fey academic fixated on epic poetry and dead languages -- why, there's even the dedicated butler who practices making face-less in the mirror.
The long-running jokes about sexual repression are dead-on ("What ripping unmentionables you have!" coos Emily to George), and whenever the tension lets up -- that is, whenever sex is on -- one breathes a little sigh of relief knowing that the English are only human and occasionally do have their passions. (I used to wonder how they reproduced.) Come to think of it, this is the most and best I've seen of the English making babies since -- since -- well certainly not since I started watching 'Masterpiece Theatre.'
If the movie is, as the reviewer before me complains, a trifle slow and at parts predictable, it's only the better to parody those godawful respectable Merchant Ivory soap operas.
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Given the mixed reviews I read on the Amazon website about this one, I wasn't sure if it would be any good. Fortunately, though, I was pleasantly, nay, SIDE-SPLITTINGLY surprised! It was brilliant!

Don't be fooled into thinking this is just a parody of Merchant Ivory movies. It also pays extensive homage to Ken Russell's brilliant 'Lady Chatterley' as well, not to mention having a bit of a dig at Jane Eyre/Sense and Sensibility/et al.

You don't have to be a huge Merchant Ivory fan to like this, although it probably helps. Even though the last time I saw a Merchant Ivory movie was many years ago, I still got all the jokes in this. And even my boyfriend, who has never watched anything in the Merchant Ivory genre and probably never will, was falling about laughing. Some jokes are subtle, some are over the top and bawdy, but all are hilarious.

Prunella Scales and Peter Ustinov, two veteran actors at the top of their game, are absolutely wonderful in this, as are the rest of the cast.

Thoroughly recommended!
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When I first saw this movie, I didn't know it was a parody and was thouroughly surprised. After that, it was filled with blatant jokes making fun of traditional victorian era movies of the likes of BBC dramas. Some of the humor dips into the style of Monty Python as well. I loved this movie!
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You've got to hand it to the producers and writers; in living up to the claim that there wasn't a parody of Merchant/Ivory films "..until now!" they've picked up the wit, the repressed feelings, overly romanticised locations and the achingly fierce British class war. Now if only they could have done it a little bit better.
The cast does a fairly good job, but that only covers so much ground, and the third act of the film suffers when you realise that they've run out of things to spoof.
The humour ranges between the urbane and the lewd, but then what are you watching it for? My wife and I laughed quite a bit, and it has a healthy amount of quotable phrases, which says a lot more than some other films out there.
All in all, its a cute diversion.
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Granted this isn't a high brow humor movie, but it isn't supposed to be. It is hysterical if you take it for what it is- a movie about sex that made fun of all the aspects of Merchant Ivory films and Masterpiece Theatre that needed to be laughed at. Some of the parodies were really very clever, my favorite being the Mouret Fanfare played on the sitar, while others were on the overdone side. On the whole though this movie is great if you're well versed in quite a bit of British film.
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We saw this movie for the first time on PBS and thought it was hysterical. It's only one of two movies that he can watch over and over again. It's also the only movie he can watch and not fall asleep. It's a little racy, but that's why it's so funny. The whole stoic, staid British never show emotion; makes the movie great. The main reason they go to Italy and India isn't to marry off Emily or prevent her association with George, but because they're driving the butler crazy!!
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By Boccaccio on November 18, 2001
Format: DVD
For those who get it, delightful.
For those who don't....well, I'm sorry, but it's just not the movie's fault.
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I saw it some years ago, and just fell in love the characters. The leading lady is hotter than match, I just love the whole look. Favorite line "And never forget, we are the scum o tha Earth".
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