William Stevenson
September 15, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stiff Upper Lips

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
87 minutes
performer
Georgina Cates, Frank Finlay, Prunella Scales
director
Gary Sinyor
distributor
Miramax Home Video
author
Gary Sinyor
genre
Comedy

We gave it an C-

Merchant Ivory films are certainly ripe for parody, but the oversexed spoof Stiff Upper Lips lacks the requisite zaniness (see SCTV‘s ”Jane Eyrehead” sketch). Scales (Fawlty Towers) has a few droll moments as she fervently tries to find a suitable husband for her niece (Cates). Unfortunately, all the crass sex jokes and gross bathroom humor will probably make you wish you were watching A Room With a View instead. C-

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