BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
shropshireshropshire

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Shropshire
Things to do
People & Places
Nature
History
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Shropshire

Birmingham
Black Country
Hereford & Worcester
Stoke

Related BBC Sites

England
 

Contact Us


PG Girl From Rio (2003)

updated 7th April 2003
reviewer's rating
One Star
Reviewed by Nev Pierce
User Rating 4 out of 5


Director
Christopher Monger
Writer
Christopher Monger
Stars
Hugh Laurie
Vanessa Nunes
Santiago Segura
Lia Williams
Patrick Barlow
Length
103 minutes
Distributor
Helkon SK
Cinema
11th April 2003
Country
UK
Genres
Comedy
Romance


It's hard to really hate "Girl From Rio". Equally, it's hard to credit it with a redeeming feature. It's hard, in fact, to give a damn about this listless and muddled - for want of a better term - "romantic comedy".

Irritation starts early - in the animated opening credits, where the score clashes machinegun samba beats with a pastiche of the "High Noon" theme.

Raymond (Hugh Laurie) is a beancounter in a buttondown British bank, who seeks refuge from his heartless wife by teaching samba classes at Eastminster University. When his missus buggers off with his boss (Patrick Barlow, who does vile well), our Ray decides 'nuffs enough, clears the vault and does a runner to Rio de Janeiro.

There, he hooks up with a lardy cabbie (Santiago Segura) and goes in search of the girl of his dreams, top dancer Orlinda (Vanessa Nunes). Naturally, his money attracts some unfortunate attention...

But not the audiences'. Watches are likely to be the second most-watched element in theatres playing this witless pap. Behind Nunes' legs. She's a model/TV-presenter-turned-actress and all that that implies: bubbly, beautiful, blissfully unaware her performance is pitiable.

Christopher Monger's script takes a workable scenario and goes nowhere with it, attempting Ealing whimsy without characters or story. It could play like "The Lavender Hill Mob" meets "City of God". Instead, it's a long sigh meets a gaping yawn.

There's a brief (30 second) high point (when a ventilator shaft rains money on the poverty-stricken city) and one good line ("You mustn't take it personally. I think he just doesn't like you"), but mostly you're likely to echo the sentiment of Laurie's hapless schmuck: "Maybe my imagination is limited, but I'm finding it hard to see how it could be worse."
Find out more about "Girl From Rio" at
Movie Review Query Engine
The Internet Movie Database


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites

line
Top| Films Index | Home
 


  BOLLYWOOD
BBC Shropshire Bollywood news, reviews and galleries
Red bullet point Bollywood film galleries
  FILM SEARCH
BBC Shropshire film search
Red bullet point What to see in Shropshire
  UK TOP FILMS
BBC Shropshire guide to top ten films to watch this month
Red bullet point What to watch this month
  FILM VAULT
BBC Shropshire film vault
Red bullet point Packed full of film reviews



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy