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Absolutely Anything (2015)

R | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 12 May 2017 (USA)
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A group of eccentric aliens confers a human being with the power to do absolutely anything, as an experiment.

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Terry Jones

Writers:

Terry Jones (screenplay), Gavin Scott (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Pegg ... Neil
Kate Beckinsale ... Catherine
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Ray
Rob Riggle ... Grant
Robert Bathurst ... James Cleverill
Eddie Izzard ... Headmaster
Joanna Lumley ... Fenella
Marianne Oldham Marianne Oldham ... Rosie
Emma Pierson ... Miss Pringle
Meera Syal ... Fiona
Mojo Mojo ... Dennis the Dog
Robin Williams ... Dennis the Dog (voice)
John Cleese ... Chief Alien (voice)
Terry Gilliam ... Nasty Alien (voice)
Eric Idle ... Salubrious Gat (voice)
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Some aliens, who travel from planet to planet to see what kind of species inhabit them, come to Earth. And if humans are, according to their standards, decent, they are welcomed to be their friend. And if not the planet is destroyed. To find out, they choose one inhabitant and give that person the power to do whatever he/she wants. And they choose Neil Clarke, a teacher who teaches the special kids. He is constantly being berated by the headmaster and is attracted to his neighbor, Catherine, but doesn't have the guts to approach her. But now he can do anything he wants but has to be careful. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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With great power comes total irresponsibility. See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and brief nudity. | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

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Release Date:

12 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$20,169

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,303,792
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first film since The Meaning of Life (1983) to feature all five surviving members of Monty Python. According to Director Terry Jones, this will probably be the last time they will appear in a film together. See more »

Goofs

Neil knocks a nearly empty bottle of Lemon 'Fairy Liquid' into the sink. In the next shot it is back on the window sill. See more »

Quotes

Neil Clarke: [Gets knocked off his bike by a car] Screw you!
[the driver of the car sudden feels an invisible person having sex with him]
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"DISCLAIMER: and yes we do know that the NASA footage of the Pioneer Rocket taking off is actually the Apollo Rockets, thank you" See more »

Alternate Versions

The British theatrical version reduced the uses of strong language in order to obtain a '12A' rating by the BBFC, and was also released on DVD. The Blu-ray release is uncut and has a '15' rating. See more »


Soundtracks

Absolutely Anything and Anything at All
Performed by Kylie Minogue
Written by John Greswell / Christopher Taylor
Produced by Dreamtrak / Menlo Park
Published by MPM London Ltd
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Absolutely Nuts
18 December 2015 | by ghostjunkSee all my reviews

A group of aliens decide to put the fate of the world in the hands of one random guy by giving him the power to make anything happen as a test towards predicting the values of humanity.

British writer/director Terry Jones, known for his work with the hilarious Monty Python comedy group, returns with his first feature film in 19 years for Absolutely Anything, and it's absolutely perfect absurdity. From a hilarious talking dog to a series of unpredictable gags ranging from walking turds to the accidental annihilation of an entire classroom of kids, the film's unpredictable humor is completely nuts. But like a fine mix of chocolate-covered nuts, Jones makes sure none of the jokes ever become mean-spirited, ensuring the film maintains some refined substance through its mostly lighthearted antics. Just don't expect the same style of humor seen in his '70s comedic masterpiece Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Now I won't try and bring your hopes up with empty promises, considering this flick is far from being award-worthy. Any forms of deep character development or profound script elements are instead replaced with an extra dose of silly gags, but at least they're funny enough to justify their existence. Full of unexpected wit that cleverly mixes its comedic styles, Absolutely Anything had me laughing from start to finish. Obviously Simon Pegg deserves some recognition for this, considering he's the one that allowed the far-fetched situations come to life with impeccable comedic timing. The best parts are, of course, the trial and error associated with Pegg trying to figure out how to properly use his powers without having them hilariously backfire in his face. What will surprise audiences the most, however, is the fantastic voice work brought to Pegg's lovably annoying pet dog by none other than the late legend himself, Robin Williams. It's a little bittersweet considering it's his final roll, but it certainly comes with great pleasure to say it's a memorable one.

Thankfully I never bothered checking out the film's Rotten Tomatoes rating before watching it, because it's exceptionally low 8% critic approval might have persuaded me not to give it a chance. How the undeniably pointless Stan-Helsing or Kevin Smith's unfunny detective comedy Cop Out managed to get higher critic approval scores is beyond me. Maybe it's time people adjust the tracking on their VCRs and take the time to actually watch things clearly. Wait… People don't watch VHS tapes anymore? Oh… Well I guess we can't really blame the picture quality now can we? Hum… Perhaps my taste in movies has just relinquished in quality over the years? Or maybe my sense of humor just belongs in a Saturday morning cartoon? Either way, I'd like to think I'm not the crazy one.


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