a cup of tea then?"
In a genteel rural English village local Reverend, Walter
Goodfellow (Atkinson) is more concerned about this pastoral folk than this
family. His wife Gloria (Scott Thomas) is bored and spends far too much
time with her golf coach Lance (Swayze), his daughter Holly (Egerton) is
sleeping with every young man in the village and his son Petey (Parkes)
is been bullied at school. Things are about to change however when the new
housekeeper Grace (Smith), starts to make some changes in her own special
British comedies have been a little hit and miss over the
past few years. For every 'Love Actually' or 'Bridget Jones' there is a
'Kevin & Perry Go Large' but can 'Keeping Mum' provide the laughs?
An excellent cast filled with the best of British and a former
Hollywood heartthrob, the writing on the wall for this comedy was good but
unfortunately it fails to deliver. The idea of the housekeeper going on
a killing spree as she gets rid of anyone who gets in the way of the family
she works for, is a good one and has the potential for a riotous comedy
but there is one thing lacking, laughs. 'Keeping Mum' is simply just a nice
film that just does just enough to keep you interested and raise the odd
smile but it you are expecting your sides to be hurting, you will be gravely
The main problem with the movie is that the interesting premise
is never pushed as far as it could have been. The idea of casting the legendary
Maggie Smith as a serial killing housekeeper is a stroke of genius but she
is let down by a script that just doesn't go far enough. While she does
get to kill a few people, the filmmakers had the opportunity to make a killer
pensioner comedy gold. Instead we have a comedy that simply just trundles
along, never raising anything more than a smile.
The cast do there best with the script but it doesn't push
their talents to the maximum. Rowan Atkinson is a mixed bag when it comes
to creating characters. He can play the moronic idiot (Mr Bean) or the confident,
manipulator (Edmond Blackadder) but this part doesn't really push his skills
anyway near as much as it could have. Walter Goodfellow is what you'd expect
a reverend to be like but he doesn't get the chance to be as funny as he
could have been. Kristen Scott Thomas has the most to do in the film but
the script doesn't push her talents far enough as the reverend's neglected
wife, Gloria. Patrick Swayze successfully lampoon's himself however as golf
pro Lance with an eye for the ladies. This is a fun role of the actor and
he throws himself into the role. Tamsin Egerton also makes a noticeable
appearance as tearaway daughter Holly.
'Keeping Mum' is a pleasant movie that manages to raise the
odd smile but you do end up feeling it could have been much better. The
premise and actors deserved a lot better as the script lets the movie down.
Feeling more like a TV movie than a motion picture, you will be keeping
mum about the lack of laughs in this film.