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Imelda Staunton – Sandra
Timothy Spall – Charlie
Celia Imrie – Bif
David Hayman – Ted
Joanna Lumley – Jackie
Jesus Christ. What a load of crap. I was quite surprised at the lack of comedy value in this film, especially as it was laced with a number of popular British actors recognized for their involvement in some highly comical film and television programmes (apart from Spall – I just can’t make him out, is he funny or not?).
I had glazed over for most of this film, acknowledging what was happening in front of me – but not appreciating any element of it. During a good film I tend to admire the budget used and set locations. The casting and the script. The effort gone into producing such a thing. But I admired absolutely nothing during Finding Your Feet, it just seemed like a group of older actors pushing the chairs back at a script-reading workshop – getting up – and improvising various scenarios.
On a plus, one or two scenes are quite funny as Imrie delivers the goods as per usual. The actress never fails to give a wholesome performance which bleeds excellent humour, she’s a very witty woman. Thank god she was part of the cast or I probably would have walked out of this film.
Finding Your Feet is a bite-sized feature perfect for daytime TV. The sort of thing you’d catch on Channel 4 after Deal or No Deal: nowhere near the scale of a Hollywood smash, but something to fill an hour or so whilst you have dinner. It’s average, basically. That said, some older viewers might love it as I noticed a high percentage of the cinema audience were well over 50. And there was a lot of reaction from them during funny moments (especially one of Lumley’s genius one-liners). In fact, these moments made the film almost satyrical with such humour and reminded me of when I watched Death of Stalin – nowhere near as funny as that but similar atmosphere in the cinema.
Sorry guys, nothing else to say about this one.