The Tall Guy is a cheery, ingratiating romantic comedy with Jeff Goldblum putting in a stellar performance as a bumbling American actor in London whose career and romantic tribulations are suddenly transformed into triumphs.
At the outset, Yank thesp Goldblum has been performing in the West End for several years as straight man to popular comic Rowan Atkinson. The insecure goof-ball is earning a living but going nowhere fast when he comes under the care of hospital nurse Emma Thompson.
Immediately smitten, Goldblum spends the time between weekly visits for injections desperately concocting ways to ask her out.
Throughout the entire film, the relationship evolves winningly, with so much believable give-and-take, mutual ribbing and support that one roots for it heavily.
As soon as he has discovered domestic bliss, however, Goldblum is sacked by Atkinson, who resents anyone else in his show getting a laugh, and is thrust into the forbidding world of the unemployed actor.
The fresh, alert performances add enormously to the polished sparkle of the script. Goldblum is in splendid form as the eternally naive American abroad. Thompson makes a wonderfully poised foil for her leading man’s volubility. British favorite Atkinson has a great time enacting the most vain and mean-spirited of stars, and Hugh Thomas elicits quite a few laughs in his brief appearance as a wild-eyed medic.