Details: (M), 101 mins, United States, English
Synopsis: In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt team-up as two out-of-work actors who accidentally stowaway on a ship to hide from a drunken, belligerent lead actor who has sworn to kill them for belittling his talents. Of course, the lead actor end up on the ship as well. Also, a madman (Tony Shalhoub) plots the destruction of the ship and Steve Buscemi is a depressed, suicidal lounge singer named Happy Frank.
Not a brilliant film, but you will have a good time watching these talented actors.
The Impostors, a throwback to comedy, 30s style, is written and directed by Tucci alone, and while it`s not as good as its predecessor it`s still very amusing and likeable.
This time Tucci co-stars with the wonderful Oliver Platt; the coincidence of their first names - Stanley and Oliver - shouldn`t be overlooked. They`re unemployed actors desperate for a break or even something to eat when, as a result of complicated misadventures, they fall foul of a pompous British Shakespearean actor, Alfred Molina, and find themselves stowaways on an ocean liner.
The Impostors is filled with fun characters. Billy Connolly plays a dubious type with a strange fascination for Greek wrestling. Steve Buscemi is a heartbroken crooner (just hear him sing The Nearness Of You!) Campbell Scott is the ship`s Nazi purser. Tony Shalhoub, the chef in Big Night, is an anarchist with a bomb. Isabella Rossellini is a Royal personage travelling incognito. There`s even an uncredited Woody Allen as a misfortune plagued theatre director. Our heroes get mixed up with all these characters, providing plenty of chuckles along the way. You may not laugh out loud during The Impostors - it certainly doesn`t rise to the heights of the similarly themed Some Like It Hot - but you should have a good time with the misadventures of these luckless thespians.
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