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A Fish Called Wanda Movie Review (9/10)

Posted on April 10th, 2004 filed in Movie Reviews    |   

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A gang of four thieves pulls off a massive diamond heist only to double cross each other aiming to keep the loot to themselves. After Wanda (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Otto (Kevin Kline) report George, the leader, to the police, they are shocked to find out that George is one step ahead and has already hidden the diamonds in an unknown location. Wanda decides to seduce Archie (John Cleese), George lawyer, into disclosing the diamonds location to her while, Otto, her idiotic-insanely-jealous-american-with-blind-hatred-to-the-brits boyfriend, tries to extract the info from stuttering Ken (Michael Palin), as this latter is the only gang member George trusts enough to potentially confide in.


Simply put, A Fish called Wanda is one of the most delightful and skillfully delivered comedies of all time with a solid and hilarious script (the best of John Cleese) and brilliant performances of all 4 main characters, notably John Cleese and the awesome Kevin Kline, with the latter winning the academy award for Best Supporting Actor.

The movie flows with significant finesse and is filled with many classic and unforgettable scenes. To name a few: (I know I am Sexy) Jamie Lee Curtis getting aroused by Russian, Archie’s apology monologue while dangling down from the window, Otto’s hilarious and neurotic antics, his ‘being too stupid to realize that he’s stupid’, unforgettable stuttering K-K-K-K-Ken (You’ve got a beautiful speaking voice when it works, Otto to Ken) trying to give Archie the info (‘Sing it ‘), Archie and Wanda cutesy romance, and Ken, the dog lover, attempts to liquidate the only live witness and many many more.

While I have seen this movie no less than 20 times, I still end up cracking up whenever I see it again. Each of the four characters is unique and adds delight and spice to the story The end result is no less than flabbergast addictive.

Undoubtedly one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Highly recommended.

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