A Private Function

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy

To sum up this movie in two words, one would have to flip a coin to decide whether it is "hysterically tasteless" or "tastelessly hysterical." It is surely one or the other, and perhaps both. The time is 1947. England is just recovering from the war, and there are still many restrictions on the inhabitants of the Yorkshire town where the action takes place....read more

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To sum up this movie in two words, one would have to flip a coin to decide whether it is "hysterically tasteless" or "tastelessly hysterical." It is surely one or the other, and perhaps both. The time is 1947. England is just recovering from the war, and there are still many restrictions

on the inhabitants of the Yorkshire town where the action takes place. There could be a brisk trade in black market items, but Wormold (Bill Paterson), the local inspector from the Food Ministry, keeps tabs on everyone, making certain that nobody is growing food or breeding livestock illegally.

Gilbert (Michael Palin) and Joyce Chilvers (Maggie Smith) are a married couple with little in common. He's a quiet podiatrist, and she is a lower-class hoyden who wants to move up to the middle class. When Joyce learns that some village big shots have bribed a local farmer to keep an unlicensed

pig for them and fatten it up, she convinces Gilbert that they should abduct the animal. Once they have a supply of sausages and chops, there is no question they will be welcomed into the town's fanciest homes. Now the trouble begins. This movie is a vicious satire of class distinctions mixed with

some of the grossest humor ever seen on-screen. But the British love their scatology and their sociology, so the two seem to blend. The result is a film that you don't have to be British to enjoy, just brutish.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: R
  • Review: To sum up this movie in two words, one would have to flip a coin to decide whether it is "hysterically tasteless" or "tastelessly hysterical." It is surely one or the other, and perhaps both. The time is 1947. England is just recovering from the war, and t… (more)

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