Not quite as funny as I remember - I was howling with laughter the first time - and the film's nasty streak felt a whole lot nastier the second time around. And the moment I thought "Oh! It's Bad Santa meets Spellbound", it dipped a little more in my estimation.
Hugh Grant playing his signature role of “bumbling, repressed white middle-class Englishman” is joined by Colin Firth as “another bumbling, repressed white middle-class Englishman” and Andrew Lincoln as “third bumbling, repressed white middle-class Englishman”. Embracing diversity, Laura Linney appears as “bumbling, repressed white middle-class American woman”.
Worse than I expected; crass in a multitude of ways; the Kris Marshall subplot is excruciating; the Martin Freeman-Joanna Page asides are toe-curling; and it’s all served up with hideous quantities of body-shaming, jingoistic tub-thumping and horrendous cultural stereotypes. Shit Actually.