Brit spoofmeister Peter Richardson's rep goes down with all hands in "Churchill: The Hollywood Years." Following re-shoots and re-edits, this attempt to send up Tinseltown historical revisionism emerges as a chaotic, mildly funny romp that's a cross between a weak Zucker Bros. movie and a Carry On.
Brit spoofmeister Peter Richardson’s rep (“Stella Street”) goes down with all hands in “Churchill: The Hollywood Years.” Following re-shoots and re-edits, this attempt to send up Tinseltown historical revisionism emerges as a chaotic, mildly funny romp that’s a cross between a weak Zucker Bros. movie and a Carry On. Stuffed with British alternative comics, and toplined by Christian Slater and Neve Campbell, this looks destined for cult status on ancillary, where it’s rapidly headed.
Central idea — never coherently explained — is that the Winston Churchill of legend was a character actor called Roy Bubbles, while the real Churchill was actually a gung-ho American GI (Slater, energetic). Between exposing a dastardly plan by English traitor Lord W’ruff (vet Leslie Phillips) to secretly invite over Hitler (Anthony Sher), Eva Braun (Miranda Richardson) and Bormann (Phil Cornwell), stogey-chewing Lt. Churchill also falls for future Queen Elizabeth II (Campbell, fruity), who’s posing as a commoner. Padded out with (DV-lensed) modern bookends featuring Tony Blair (Jon Culshaw), outtakes and a leisurely final crawl, pic just about scrapes 84 minutes. Harry Enfield steals the show as a bumbling King George V; tech package is average.