All the Queen's Men In the '80s, there was "Privates on Parade," a squallingly unfunny John Cleese military farce that seemed to exist for no reason beyond its naughty… All the Queen's Men In the '80s, there was "Privates on Parade," a squallingly unfunny John Cleese military farce that seemed to exist for no reason beyond its naughty… 2002-10-25 Unrated PT105M Comedy Drama War Eddie Izzard Matt LeBlanc David Birkin James Cosmo Udo Kier Nicolette Krebitz Strand Releasing
Review

All the Queen's Men (2002)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Matt LeBlanc, All the Queen's Men | SOME LIKE IT NOT LeBlanc (at left), Izzard (at right), and the gals
SOME LIKE IT NOT LeBlanc (at left), Izzard (at right), and the gals
EW's GRADE
F

Details Release Date: Oct 25, 2002; Rated: Unrated; Length: 105 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama, War; With: Eddie Izzard and Matt LeBlanc; Distributor: Strand Releasing

In the '80s, there was ''Privates on Parade,'' a squallingly unfunny John Cleese military farce that seemed to exist for no reason beyond its naughty pun of a title. Is it any surprise that a transvestites-in-World War II comedy called All the Queen's Men uses up its only (lame) laugh in the same way?

Matt LeBlanc is an OSS agent who is forced to join a top-secret British drag squadron; in his wig, lipstick, and padded dress, he ends up looking like a slightly less virile Matthew Broderick. Their assignment is to infiltrate the German factory that makes the Enigma decoding machines -- a factory staffed entirely by women.

Dutifully, the ''Some Like It Hot'' tropes are hauled out of their rusty costume box. Udo Kier, flexing his jowls, is a Nazi officer who tries to seduce LeBlanc! Eddie Izzard, as the la-di-da squadron trainer, enjoys dressing as a woman more than he does as a man! The trouble is, the movie plays like some sort of undercover thriller -- as if anyone were remotely invested in the outcome, and as though it would compromise LeBlanc's pouty delinquent vibe if there were actually a joke at his expense. The vibe remains uncompromised; the comedy is nonexistent.

Originally posted Nov 01, 2002 Published in issue #681 Nov 08, 2002 Order article reprints