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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

Analyse That (2002)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Effectively a continuation of the first film Analyse This. Writers/Script Peter Steinfiled, Harold Ramis, Peter Tolan (Characters by Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan) Additional Info From an estimated budget of $60 million Robert De Nero was paid $20 million. Director Harold Ramis Starring Robert De Nero, Billy … 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

Once Upon a Crime (1992)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Charles Shyer, Nancy Meyers, Steve Kluger Additional Info Story by Rodolfo Sonego, earlier screenplay by Rodolfo Sonego, Giorgio Arlorio, Stefano Strucchi, Luciano Vincenzoni Director Eugene Levy Starring John Candy, James Beluchi, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Young, Richard Lewis, Ornelia Muti, Giancario Giannini, George … Continue reading

American Dreamz (2006)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Paul Weitz Additional Info Although said not to be a satire, it was rumoured at the time that George Bush Jr never read the papers, and was said to wear an earpiece, like the fictional president, so people could tell him what … Continue reading

Gulliver’s Travels (2010)

Duration 1h 25m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Loosely based on the Jonathan Swift novels Writer/s Script Joe Stillman, Nicholas Stoller Director Rob Letterman Starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Chris O’Dowd, James Corden, Catherine Tate Elevator Pitch Gulliver, a no hope mailroom assistant in a newspaper, blaggs his … Continue reading

Meet Dave (2008)

Duration 1h 30m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay developed by some guys who usually contribute to an American SF channel. Writer/s Script Rob Greenberg, Bill Corbett Director Brian Robbins Starring Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Scott Caan, Ed Helms, Kevin Hart Elevator Pitch An alien planet sends a probe to earth to … Continue reading

The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Duration 1h 32m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A distant relationship with the original Peter Sellars films Writer/s Script Scott Neustadter, Michael H Weber, Steve Martin Writer/s Story Scott Neustadter, Michael H Weber + characters by Maurice Richlin , Blake Edwards Director Harald Zwart Starring Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia, Alfred … Continue reading

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) U Source of story The characters and environment from the first film Writer/s Script Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio Director Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Russell Brand, Steve Cougan, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Elevator Pitch In order to apprehend a new villain the Anti-Villain League … Continue reading

Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Duration 1h 30m Rating (UK) U Source of story The characters and themes from the previous movies. Writer/s Script Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio Director Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews, Elevator Pitch Gru, now married to Lucy, is expelled from the Anti-Villain League for … Continue reading

Night in the Museum 2 (2009)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The first “Night in the Museum” Writer/s Script Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon Writer/s Story Characters: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon Director Shawn Levy Starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Christopher Guest, Alain Chabat, StevenCoogan, Ricky Gervais, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill Elevator Pitch … Continue reading

Mortdecai (2015)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A series of books by Kyril Bonfiglioli Writer/s Script Eric Aronson Director David Koepp Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, Paul Whitehouse Elevator Pitch A debonair art dealer and man about town, who has a tough protective manservant and … Continue reading

Rat Race (2001)

Released 2001 Rating (UK) 12 Source of story Apparently “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” from 1963 Writer/s Script Andy Breckman Director Jerry Zucker Starring Nick Schaffer, Cuba Gooding Jr, Seth Green, Vince Vieluf, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Lovitz, Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese, Amy Smart Elevator Pitch An eccentric casino owner encourages his high rollers … Continue reading

Back to the Future III (1990)

Released 1990 Rating (UK) PG Source of story The second of the trilogy Writer/s Script Bob Gale Writer/s Story Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis Director Robert Zemeckis Starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F Wilson, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue, Richard Dysart Elevator Pitch At the end of BTTF II Doc in the Delorean … Continue reading

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)

Released 2005 Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A continuation of the Miss Congeniality story Writer/s Script Marc Lawrence Writer/s Story Characters – Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas Director John Pasquin Starring Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Enrique Murciano, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson, Heather Burns, Treat Williams Elevator Pitch Gracie has written a book and … Continue reading

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Released 1989 Rating (UK) PG Source of story The first Back to the Future film. Writer/s Script Bob Gale Writer/s Story Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis Director Robert Zemeckis Starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F Wilson, Elisabeth Shue Elevator Pitch Doc and Marty go forward in time to 2015, but while there … Continue reading

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