Johnny English

Stor biograf-success! (Huge cinema-success!)

Rowan Atkinson! Slapstick! Bond jokes! Bad jokes! What's not to like?

This Thursday we celebrate the no-brainer comedy film with a double bill that will drag a smile onto the most morbid of faces.

First up is the so-light-it-practically-floats-away 'Johnny English'. Two things sprint to mind; firstly, thank all that is good and holy the Americans didn't get an American doing a bad accent to make English jokes with and, secondly, if this character looks familiar, he bears more than a passing resemblance to Atkinson's accident-prone secret agent of the Barclays credit card advertisements on the TV.

It's about the time for another spy spoof, and what better subject to tweak the nose of, than the grand institution of James Bond? After all the other, more competent, spies in MI7 are killed in an explosion, the only man left is JE, who, suddenly propelled into the spotlight (gawd help us!), must find out who stole the crown jewels (how rude), and more importantly, who is trying to take over England with- shock, horror- a despotic French king (1066, anyone?!)!

Cue rubber-faced tomfoolery, more sight gags than you can shake a cunning plan at, and thankfully funnier jokes than the Mr Bean Movie.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:



Action, Adventure, Comedy


Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, William Davies


Peter Howitt


Rowan Atkinson, Tim Pigott-Smith, Natalie Imbruglia, Greg Wise, Kevin McNally


Ed Shearmur


88 minutes






English, French


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