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Classic Comedy: A Fish Called Wanda

This film is one of the best demonstrations of classic British comedy. 

It’s hard to beat last weeks movie pick which was The Princess Bride, so we won’t try. But if you are looking for a classic comedy A Fish Called Wanda is up there on the list.

Produced in 1988 it has received an impressive 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In A Fish Called Wanda, Jamie Lee Curtis plays an ambitious con artist who uses every ounce of her sexual wiles to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by her gangster lover Tom Georgeson. First, she romances Georgeson’s dimwitted but deadly henchman Kevin Kline (who won an Academy Award for his performance). Then, to clear the path for her getaway with Kline, Jamie woos Georgeson’s starched-shirt attorney, John Cleese — and it’s Cleese whom she genuinely falls in love with. Michael Palin, Cleese’s former Monty Python cohort, plays a stuttering mob flunkey who continually messes up his one big assignment: killing a little old lady (it isn’t that he has any qualms about knocking off the old dear; it’s just that her pet dogs keep getting in the way).

A Fish Called Wanda was scripted by star John Cleese. Though the title may suggest it’s some sort of spin-off from the Finding Nemo franchise this is not one for the kids.

You can buy or rent the film here. 



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