A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
(R) 108 mins

“It’s K-K-Ken c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me!” I’ve maintained that the funniest movies are depictions of oddly humorous characters and watching their interactions. ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ is one such movie. Michael Palin sort of pokes fun at stutterers, but makes it funny. John Cleese manages to do the same with British people, which aren’t necessarily the object of humor in the film, but he is refreshed with the openness and freedom of Wanda when he meets her. Wanda, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, has good comic timing and has some funny lines (“Calling you stupid would be an insult to stupid people!”), but she doesn’t bring the same eccentricities that Palin and Cleese.

The aforementioned cast manages to bring about a few laughs, but Kevin Kline takes the cake. First, he manages to exhibit every American stereotype and clashes it with all the Brits he meets. He then proceeds to call every Brit in the film ‘stuck-up and pompous’. On top of that, he blends his ego with stupidity, reading Nietzsche in order to feel superior to everyone else, when he really isn’t. Needless to say, he’s quite the character. Great comedies are full of them.

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