The tall guy (1989)

The Tall Guy is a 1989 British romantic comedy starring Emma Thompson, Jeff Goldblum and Rowan Atkinson.

The protagonist is an American actor working in London who plays in a long-running comedy.

He suffers from chronic hay fever so he subjects himself to a course of injections, and at hospital he meets and falls in love with Kate (played by Emma), who works there as a nurse.

It’s a modest comedy, a mix between a modern musical and a funny but bad play and it marks Emma’s film debut.

The movie is a hodgepodge of weird scenes thrown together in the middle of which stands out a ridiculous sex scene during which the protagonists destroy the bedroom, crush a bag of milk sitting on it, she breaks a teapot on his head, they drop paintings from the wall and play the piano with headbutts.

Emma said: “There was shots of my arse with bits of toast stuck to it. Two fucking days of being nude on set!”.

Fortunately, Emma’s subsequent films were much better but in this debut film she has nevertheless shown to be talented for comedy.

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