You’ve gotta love the British – despite all their talk about “stiff upper lips,” they sure do love their hyperbole.
The latest comes from the country’s film critics, who’ve taken to asking if Ray Cooney’s silly romantic comedy Run for Your Wife is the worst film ever. While we certainly agree it looks pretty lousy (the jokes are obvious and the plot isn’t particularly inspired…), there’s no way this film is as awful as an Un-MST3K’d version of Manos: The Hands of Fate or even Plan 9 from Outer Space. Heck, we suspect Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star was worse than this adaptation of Cooney’s popular stage play, but that hasn’t stopped Brit critics from teeing off on this piffle.
The film earned numerous critical jabs as it opened on Valentine’s Day, and the box office results were no better. After the film was derided as being “as funny as leprosy” and “stunningly unfunny”, audiences stayed away. Run for Your Wife played only five cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland over the weekend, taking in a paltry 747 pounds in receipts. We imagine there are panhandlers who make more than that in a good weekend...
The film, which features performances from Danny Dyer, Sarah Harding and Denise Van Outen, focuses on a man who secretly has two wives. He works overtime to keep up the charade when he becomes famous for stopping a crime with, what appears to be, less than hilarious results. Okay, so it doesn’t look or sound particularly good, but worst film ever? Really?
The good news for Cooney and company is that the British critics may have actually done Run for Your Wife a favor. Had they simply called the film awful and unwatchable, most people would have ignored it completely, but by arguing that it could be the worst film ever, the title is sure to gain some notoriety and ticket/DVD sales from people curious to gawk and see just how bad it really is.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think. Is this the worst movie ever? What’s the worst movie you’ve ever sat through?
[via Studio Briefing and The London Evening Standard]