Keeping Mum

July 30, 2013

This week brings something new, something light, something dark, it's a movie review!  A fellow blogger posted this a few weeks ago and I was quite intrigued.  I love dark comedies, in my opinion, dark comedies are underrated. A good dark comedy will stay with you for days, months, years. Summer is a good time to daydream, so naturally I made a list of some other good to great dark comedies to watch during the dog days of August. In no particular order; American Beauty, The Royal Tenenbaums, In Bruges, Inglourious Basterds  and Fargo.  When you are so inclined, please take a peek at Keeping Mum. I think you might enjoy it.  





Keeping Mum is a "light" hearted, dark comedy. There is no deep underlying meaning. It is however, a very amusing British black comedy from 2007 showcasing Maggie Smith’s prodigious talents. I believe one reviewer called her "Mary Poppin's Dotty Doppelganger".



In the tiny town of Little Wallop, (population 57) Reverend Goodfellow is the bumbling yet well meaning vicar, played to perfection by Rowan Atkinson. 





Goodfellow is in a flustered state over an impending speech he is to deliver at a religious conference. He is oblivious to the fact that his wife, Kristin Scott Thomas, is tired of being ignored and is seeking attention elsewhere with the lecherous local golf pro, Patrick Swayze




or that his daughter is a rebellious nympho and his son is being relentlessly bullied at school. Add to this the comic subplots in Little Wallop – the conspiracy ridden Flower Arranging Committee, the pathetically desperate local football club and the oppressive algae on the vicar’s pond that defies explanation – and you have a family and town on the verge of implosion. That is until the miraculous arrival of Grace, the new housekeeper (Maggie Smith). Quickly assessing the situation of the desperately dysfunctional family, she takes it into her hands to set things right.



Grace is a problem solver who thinks outside the box, outside the tiresome constraints of the law and popular social mores. She always delivers and the family and the audience love her for her endearing, eccentric methods. Take a little peek at the clip below to whet your appetite for a little summer fun. Enjoy!  Please let me know if you liked it!








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