The Tall Guy

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"Scandalous! Shocking! Outrageous! Finally a comedy you can look up to."
  • R
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 6.2  (4,946)

The 1989 comedy film The Tall Guy stars Jeff Goldblum as Dexter King, a tall American actor who finds himself struggling to make it in London's West End theatre scene. Alongside King are Rowan Atkinson as Ron, his incompetent but lovable roommate, and Emma Thompson as Kate Lemon, a nurse who becomes a love interest for King. The movie follows King as he navigates the ups and downs of the theatre world, from dealing with an eccentric director to landing a coveted lead role in a new musical. Throughout the film, King's height becomes a running joke, with various characters commenting on his towering stature.

One of the film's standout scenes is a musical number called "Proud of Your Boy," which features Goldblum belting out a heartfelt ballad while clad in a giant Aladdin costume. Another memorable moment comes when King accidentally knocks out his female co-star during a fight scene, leading to chaos behind the scenes.

Despite its comedic tone, The Tall Guy also tackles some serious topics, such as the perils of fame and the difficulty of maintaining personal relationships in the entertainment industry. Thompson's character, Kate, struggles with the fact that King is constantly surrounded by adoring fans and paparazzi, while King himself grapples with the realization that his fame may be fleeting.

Throughout the film, Goldblum's natural charisma shines through, making King a likable and relatable protagonist. Atkinson also delivers plenty of laughs as Ron, whose hapless antics provide much of the film's comedic relief. Thompson, meanwhile, infuses Kate with intelligence and wit, creating a strong female character who is more than just a love interest.

The Tall Guy was directed by Mel Smith, and was written by Richard Curtis, who would go on to become one of the most successful romantic-comedy writers of all time. The film was a modest success at the box office, but has since become a cult classic thanks to its quirky humor and memorable performances.

Overall, The Tall Guy is a charming and funny film that showcases the talents of its talented cast. Its blend of slapstick humor and heartfelt moments make it a must-see for anyone who enjoys a good romantic comedy.

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    6.2  (4,946)