A Private Function (1985)
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as Gilbert Chilvers
as Joyce Chilvers
as Dr Charles Swaby
as Joyce's Mother
as Mrs. Allardyce
as Inspector Noble
as Mrs. Sutcliff
as Mrs. Forbes
as P.C. Penny
as Mrs. Medcalf
as Hotel Manager
as Mrs. Turnbull
as Painter's Boy
as Mrs. Beavers
Critic Reviews for A Private Function
"A Private Function" is an amusing farce in the tradition of old Ealing studio comedies like "The Lavender Hill Mob," and like those movies, it never quite ignites.
Alternating between slapstick satire and black comedy, A Private Function is full meal of comic study and insight.
Bennett's script gently mocks his characters, while also maintaining a level of understanding.
Entertains, but never dazzles or impresses us with its script, performances, or even production design.
Audience Reviews for A Private Function
A woman with social climbing aspirations compels her husband to steal a pig from rich people despite the town's food rationing program. This film is chuckle-funny, scattering a few witty moments. The supporting players, especially Richard Griffiths and the great Maggie Smith, are most responsible for the film's good scenes while Michael Palin doesn't do anything extraordinary to create a discernible character, quite unlike his Python work. Thematically, it's hard to tell what this film is satirizing. It's clear that class is at issue; the upper class characters act ridiculously, and Joyce's societal aspirations seem senseless as a result. But what is going on with the socialist food rationing? Is the film satirizing socialism? The answers to these questions aren't entirely clear. Overall, good for a few yuks, A Private Function isn't a bad film, but it's ultimately disappointing considering the overwhelming talent of its stars.
A fun little movie about a couple trying to make it in society during hard times. Love Liz Smith as always along with the rest of the cast.
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