She’s no Mary Poppins: Maggie Smith is more like a cheery Angel of Death in the light black comedy Keeping Mum, one of those dutifully daft British diddles (complete with Rowan Atkinson as a vicar) that, except for the blunt sex talk, might have been constructed decades ago. Dame Maggie is waggish as a mad housekeeper who finds final solutions to one family’s domestic problems, and it’s fun to watch swanlike Kristin Scott Thomas pretend to be a frumpy vicar’s wife. As a lecherous American golf pro, Patrick Swayze flashes sculpted abs — because he can.
Genre: Comedy; Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott-Thomas; Director: Niall Johnson; Author: Niall Johnson, Richard Russo; Release Date Limited: 09/15/2006; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: THINKFilm
Posted September 20 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT
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