In typical British Film styling, the central figures are from the accepted quiet English village where the central characters are all associated one way or the other with the local church.
Using very dark and subtle humour, Rowan Atkinson perfectly portays the off-beat village vicar, whose whole life seems to be one of keeping eveyone happy.
Within his own household however, things are at breaking point where the wife is bored, the daughter is sexually too active, the son is embarrassed by his family and beaten-up by local schoolkids.
All of which could become boring, if it were not for the excellent Maggie Smith as the lost and forgotten 'mother from hell', who has just been released from a mental institution after chopping-up her parents.
The quiet and subtle way she goes about pacifying the family concerns and problems, is where this film wins the applauds.
If there is a problem, even a barking dog or a nosy neighbour, then why not simply 'bump-them-off'.
And of course, the way the family although originally horrified, seem to reconsider their opinions, as they see their own lives beginning to improve.
Good performances from all, even Patrick
Swayze as the lecherous American golf pro, seems to fit into this dark but enjoyable life drama.
If there is such a thing as a 'feel good' drama about murder, then I suppose this is the one for you.....
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Comedy starring Rowan Atkinson as Walter Goodfellow, a well-meaning vicar of the parish of Little Wallop, who is so obsessed with writing the perfect sermon that he is oblivious to his wife Gloria's (Kristin Scott Thomas) dallience with her brash golf instructor, Lance (Patrick Swayze); neither does he notice that his daughter Holly (Tamsin Egerton) has a different boyfriend every week, and his young son Petey (Toby Parkes) is the whipping boy for the school bullies. Enter Grace (Maggie Smith), the answer to the family's problems - a sweet grey-haired old lady, the charming and discreet new housekeeper, who has her own unique definition of keeping house - and a very unusual way of solving problems.
Walter Goodfellow (Rowan Atkinson), the well meaning vicar of the parish of Little Wallop, is so obsessed with writing the perfect sermon that he is oblivious to his wife Gloria’s (Kristin Scott Thomas) dalliance with her brash golf instructor Lance (Patrick Swayze); neither does he notice that his daughter Holly has a different boyfriend every week, and his young son Petey is the whipping boy for the school bullies. Gloria feels her life is spiralling out of control. She is sick of the incessant barking of the dog next door, her loveless marriage and her adolescent kids’ escapades – she prays every night for salvation. Enter Grace (Maggie Smith), the answer to the family’s prayers: a sweet grey haired old lady, the charming and discreet new housekeeper, who has her own unique definition of keeping house – and a very unusual way of solving problems