Release year: 2005
Director: Niall Johnson
Screenwriter: Richard Russo, Niall Johnson
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze, Tamsin Egerton, Toby Parkes, Liz Smith
Pastor Goodfellow (Atkinson) is preoccupied with his church and community and his wife Gloria (Scott Thomas) feels neglected and bored in the small society of nosy neighbours and seductive golf trainers. The neighbour’s dog barks all night, her son Petey (Parkes) is bullied and Mrs parker (Liz Smith) constantly talks about flower decorations with the pastor. But then one day the new housekeeper (Maggie Smith) arrives and everything changes.
An undeniably charming and cozy black comedy, mainly thanks to the distinguished and incomparable Maggie Smith (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, 2011) as the mysterious housekeeper with her own way of making things right. Atkinson (Johnny English, 2003) is unfamiliar subtle as the pastor and Scott Thomas (The English Patient, 1996) great as the bored wife while Swayze (Dirty Dancing, 1987) is surprisingly well-casted as the vile golf trainer in one of his final roles. For a movie about murder it is surprisingly cozy with subtle humour and a great cast.
WARNING! The trailer contains spoilers!
The film is dedicated to James Booth who plays the neighbor with the barking dog. He died four months before the movie was released.
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