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Dad’s Army (2016)

Duration 1h 40m Ratings UK: PG, Elsewhere TV ratings. Denmark: 15.  Source of story A riff on the Tv series using the characters developed by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. Director Oliver Parker Writers/Script Hamish McCall Starring Daniel Mays, Toby Jones, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Bill Paterson, Tom Courtney, Mark Gatiss, Sarah Lancaster, Alison Steadman, … Continue reading

Meet the Parents (2000)

Duration 1h 48m Ratings UK: 12, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 7,  Source of story A 1992 film made on 16mm apparently, written by Greg Glienna and Mary Ruth Clarke Director Jay Roach Writers/Script Jim Herzfeld,. John Hamburg Starring Robert De Nero, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Nicole DeHuff, Owen Wilson,  Ratings IMDb: 7/10 by 332,799 … Continue reading

Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)

Duration 1h 38m Ratings UK: PG, USA: PG, Denmark: 7  Source of story A story based on the characters in the first two films. Some have said that the plot is identical to that in the first film.   Director David Kerr Writers/Script William Davies Starring Kevin Eldon, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson, Michael Gambon, Charles Dance, … Continue reading

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

Duration 1h 34m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: A  Source of story The characters from the first Big Fat Greek Wedding Director Kirk Jones Writers/Script Nia Vardalos Starring Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Elena Kampouris, Andrea Martin, Ratings IMDb: 6.0/10 by 30,266 people .  Rotten Tomatoes: 28% by 172 reviewers. Review2view: 5/10. … Continue reading

Liar Liar (1997)

Duration 1h 26m Ratings UK: 12, USA: PG-13, Spain: 7  Source of story An original screenplay Director Tom Shadyac Writers/Script Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur Starring Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Cary Elwes, Amanda Donohoe, Jennifer Tilly Ratings IMDb: 6.9/10.  Rotten Tomatoes: 82% by 62 reviewers. Review2view: 4/10. Elevator Pitch: Fletcher Reede is a divorced father of a … Continue reading

Bride Wars (2009)

Duration 1h 29m Ratings UK: 12, USA: PG, Switzerland: 7  Source of story An original screenplay Director Gary Winick Writers/Script Greg DePaul, Casey Wilson, June Diana Raphael Starring Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Bryan Greenberg, Chris Pratt, Kristen Johnston, John Pankow,  Candice Bergen Ratings IMDb: 5.5 by 104k people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 11% by 144 critics. Review2View: 3/10. Elevator … Continue reading

A Hard Days Night (1964)

Duration 1h 41m Ratings UK: U (with cuts), USA: Approved, Germany: 6  Source of story An original screenplay, based on two normal Beatles days Director Richard Lester Writers/Script Alun Owen Starring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfred Brambell, Norman Rossington, John Junkin, Victor Spinetti, Anna Quayle, Deryk Guyler, Richard Vernon, Lionel Blair, … Continue reading

Girl Most Likely (2012)

Duration 1h 43m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Germany: 6  Source of story An original screenplay Director Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini Writers/Script Michelle Morgan Starring Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, Christopher Fitzgerald, June Diane Raphael, Bob Balaban, Julia Stiles, Andrea Martin, Ratings IMDb: 5.8 by 14,951 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 23% by 95 … Continue reading

Hudson Hawk (1991)

Duration 1h 40m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Finland: 16, Source of story An original screenplay Director Michael Lehmann Writers/Script Steven E. de Souza, Daniel Waters, (story Bruce Willis, Robert Kraft) Starring Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn, Richard E. Grant, Sandra Bernhard, Donald Burton, David Caruso, Frank Stallone,  Ratings IMDb: 5.8 by … Continue reading

I Spy (2002)

Duration 1h 37m Ratings UK: 13, USA: PG-13, Spain: 13, Source of story This film apparently derived from a 1960s US TV series of the same name with the same constituents.  Director Betty Thomas Writers/Script Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Jay Scherick, David Ronn Starring Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell,  Gary Cole, Sugar Ray … Continue reading

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Duration 1h 55m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13,  Source of story The first film, itself based on a book by Mickey Rapkin Director Elizabeth Banks Writers/Script Kay Cannon Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Asrin, Adm Devine, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Flula Borg, Elizabeth Banks, Snoop Dogg, Jimmy … Continue reading

The Boss (2016)

Duration 1h 39m Ratings UK: 15, USA: TR, Ukraine 16, Source of story An original screenplay Director Ben Falcone Writers/Script Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Steve Mallory Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Tyler Labine, Cathy Bates, Dax Shepard, Dave Bautista,  Ratings IMDb:5.4 by 42,738 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 21% by 196 critics. Elevator Pitch: Michelle Darnell … Continue reading

The Nutty Professor (1996)

Duration 1h 35m Ratings UK: 12, USA: PG-13, Spain: 18 Source of story The 1963 film of the same name. Director Tom Shadyac Writers/Script David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein, Tom Shadyac, Steve Oedekerk Starring Eddie Murphy, Jada Plinkett Smith, James Coburn, Dave Chappelle,  Ratings IMDb: 5.6 by 109,505 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 64% by 55 critics. Elevator … Continue reading

Big Trouble (2002)

Duration 1h 25m Ratings UK: 12, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 7 Source of story A screenplay of a book of the same name by Dave Barry. It has echoes of Carl Hiassen who also worked on the same Miami newspaper. Director Barry Sonnenfeld Writers/Script Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone Starring Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Stanley Tucci, Tom … Continue reading

Bronco Billy (1980)

Duration 1h 56m Ratings UK: A, USA:  Source of story There was a Western producer called Bronco Billy Anderson back in the 1920s in Hollywood, but only the name is a connection. Director Clint Eastwood Writers/Script Dennis Hackin Starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers, Bill McKinney, Sam Bottoms, Dan Vadis, William Prince, … Continue reading

The Intern (2015)

Duration 2h 1m Ratings UK: 12A, USA:  Source of story An original screenplay Director Nancy Meyers Writers/Script Nancy Meyers Starring Robert De Nero, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Adam Devine,  Ratings IMDb: 7.1 by 214,335 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 60% by 194 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: Ben, a retired New York businessman, living alone due to … Continue reading

Groundhog Day (1993)

Duration 1h 41m Ratings UK: PG, USA: PG, Germany: 6,  Source of story An original screenplay, apparently inspired by an Anne Rice vampire book. Director Harold Ramis Writers/Script Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis Starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot, Stephen Tobolowsky, Marita Geraghty, Harold Ramis, Michael Shannon,  Ratings IMDb: 8.0 by 570,624 people. Rotten Tomatoes: … Continue reading

The Tooth Fairy (2010)

Duration 1h 41m Ratings UK: PG, USA: PG, Many countries: 7 Source of story An original screenplay story by Jim Piddock Director Michael Lembeck Writers/Script Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Joshua Sternin, Jennifer Ventimilia, Randi Mayem Singer Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Stephen Merchant, Seth MacFarlane, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal,  Ratings IMDb: 5.0 by 41,359 people. … Continue reading

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

Duration 2h 00m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Very roughly based on the novel of the same name by Jules Verne Director Frank Coraci Writers/Script David Titchner, David Bunulio, David Goldstein Starring Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cécile de France, Jim Broadbent, Ian McNeice, Ewen Bremner, Richard Branson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q, Luke Wilson, Owen … Continue reading

Finding Your Feet (2018)

Duration 1h 51m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Director Richard Loncraine Writers/Script Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft Starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, John Sessions, Josie Lawrence, Indra Ové Elevator Pitch: At a big party in their enormous house Mike Abbott announces his knighthood, but during the … Continue reading

Pixels (2015)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Developed from a short film by Patrick Jean Director Chris Columbus Writers/Script Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling (story Tim Herlhy) Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Jane Krakowski, Dan Aykroyd, Ashley Benson, Serena Williams,  Fiona Shaw Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Time Bandits (1981)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Director Terry Gilliam Writers/Script Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam Starring John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Ralph Richardson, Peter Vaughn, David Warner, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Jim Broadbent, Elevator Pitch: Kevin’s wardrobe turns out to contain a time portal and, … Continue reading

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Duration 1h 22m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Director Woody Allen Writers/Script Woody Allen Starring Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Zoe Caldwell, Milo O’Shea Elevator Pitch: It is New Jersey 1935. Cecilia is a waitress and abused wife who retreats into the alternative reality provided in her local movie theatre; … Continue reading

Addams Family Values (1993)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The original Addams family were the subject of a series of cartoons in the New Yorker between 1938 and 1988 by Charles Addams. They spawned multiple presentation as films, TV shows and animated series. Director Barry Sonnenfeld Writers/Script Paul Rudnick Starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher … Continue reading

Hot Shots! (1991)

Duration 1h 24m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story A parody of Top Gun Director Jim Abrahams Writers/Script Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft Starring Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Brdiges, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Ryan Styles, Elevator Pitch: This is Top Gun as a comedy. Topper Harley is a fighter pilot who has issues to … Continue reading

Maverick (1994)

Duration 2h 7m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The original 1950/60s TV series Director Richard Donner Writers/Script William Goldman (Roy Huggins – TV series) Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Denver Pyle, Waylon Jennings, Doug McClure, Henry Darrow, Danny Glover, Margot Kidder Elevator Pitch: Bret Maverick, a gambler and … Continue reading

Evolution (2001)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Director Ivan Reitman Writers/Script David Diamond, David Weissman, Don Jakoby Starring David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Ted Levine, Dan Aykroyd, Sarah Silverman, John Cho, Elevator Pitch: A meteor strike close to an American desert town results in an extraordinay … Continue reading

Cutthroat Island (1995)

Duration 2h 4m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Renny Harlin (married at the time to Geena Davis) Writers/Script Robert King, Marc Norman (Story by Michael Frost Beckner, James Gorman, Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon) Starring Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Patrick Malahide, Stan Shaw, Harris Yulin Elevator Pitch: It … Continue reading

The Full Monty (1997)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Peter Cattaneo Writers/Script Simon Beaufoy Starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, Hugo Speer Elevator Pitch: A group of out of work steelworkers in Sheffield get the idea of putting on a show as male strippers, … Continue reading

One for the Money (2012)

Elevator Pitch A divorced and out of work young woman, who is about to be evicted from her apartment and who sees her European sports car repossessed takes up a job as a bail bond recovery agent, and goes on the track of the highest value bond jumper who happens to be an old flame. … Continue reading

Ghostbusters II (1989)

Elevator Pitch The ghostbusters are on the bones of their arses. Venkman is presenting a psychic programme on a minor TV station, Spengler is doing research into emotions and Ray and Winston are doing children’s parties. But when Dana’s bath tries to eat her baby it is time for them to get together and deal … Continue reading

This is Where I Leave You (2014)

Elevator Pitch Just after seeing his wife being unfaithful to him (literally) Judd Altman is called back to the family home where his father has just died. He, his two brothers, his sister and his mother, now the widow, are required to “ sit shiva”, a Jewish mourning process where the close relatives of the … Continue reading

Life of Brian (1979)

Elevator Pitch Brian has the misfortune to be born in a stable next to that in which Jesus is born and is accidentally approached by the wise men before they realise their mistake. He grows up, and together with other Jews is oppressed by the Romans, who have done nothing for them except the roads, … Continue reading

Goosebumps (2015)

  Elevator Pitch A teenager and his mother move into a small town after the death of his father, where she it to take up the role of deputy-principal. Almost immediately he meets an attractive girl who lives next door, but is warned off from making friends with her by her father. When he hears … Continue reading

Date Night (2010)

Elevator Pitch Phil and Claire are a couple in a rut, who little else than go to work, look after their children and fall into bed. Having sex is no more than a distant memory, however they have initiated a “Date Night” where they go out to dinner somewhere. To do something more exciting they … Continue reading

Johnny English (2) Reborn (2011)

Elevator Pitch After a disasterous event in Mosambique Johnny English retires to Tibet (or somewhere) to meditate and become personally stronger, but when the Chinese premier is threatened by a secret organisation he is recalled by the new boss of MI7 to track down the villains. He is pursued in turn by a female assassin … Continue reading

Mamma Mia 2! Here We Go Again (2018)

Elevator Pitch. You remember Mamma Mia? Well, this outing lets us know how the young Donna managed to have sex with three different guys in the same week, and then how her life pans out on the Greek island. And now – in the film’s present (maybe 2005) – Sophie, her daughter, has rebuilt the … Continue reading

The Out-of-Towners (1999)

Duration 1h 30m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story A remake of the 1970 Neil Simon script, itself based on a component of “Plaza Suite” which did not make it into the play. Writers/Script Marc Lawrence (based on the Neil Simon original) Additional Info One of the few high points in this movie is the … Continue reading

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The Arthurian Legend, principally relating to the knights of the Round Table (sort of). Writers/Script Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Additional Info One of the best known tropes in this outing is that the knights pretend to be on … Continue reading

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, plus story by Chad Kultgen and Tyler Mitchell and rewrites by Jason Reitman Additional Info This script had been in development for over three years before it was finally filmed; some would say “you can tell”. Director … Continue reading

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