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MR. JOLLY LIVES NEXT DOOR

UK, 1987 (MIFF 1988, The Comic Strip Presents)

Director: Stephen Frears

"A Niagara of blood, booze, saliva and sick by Stephen (My Beautiful Laundrette) Frears, closer in spirit to The Young Ones than any of the other Comic Strip pics Edmondson and Mayall play a pair of bored escorts who, while taking care of Nicholas Parsons (British TV personality long the butt of many a Young Ones gag) become involved with a hit-gang and an axe man, the sleazy Mr Jolly (played by Peter Cook). The abuse is gratuitous, the pace so riotous that a kind of obscene serenity hovers over the mayhem It's funnyā€¯

Mark Sanderson, Time Out

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