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The All Together

Thinly written, poorly executed, and all-together unfunny, dark Britcom "The All Together" reps an inauspicious debut for TV-trained writer-helmer Gavin Claxton. Pic took a poor but not appalling $9,800 on eight screens nationwide after opening May 11, probably due to marquee value of Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer.

With:
With: Martin Freeman, Corey Johnson, Velibor Topic, Danny Dyer, Richard Harrington, Amanda Abbington.

Thinly written, poorly executed, and all-together unfunny, dark Britcom “The All Together” reps an inauspicious debut for TV-trained writer-helmer Gavin Claxton. Pic took a poor but not appalling $9,800 on eight screens nationwide after opening May 11, probably due to marquee value of locally well-liked thesps Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer, who gamely try to elevate this ill-conceived, low-budget farce.

TV producer Chris (Freeman), who aspires to become a screenwriter, leaves his inept artist housemate Bob (Velibor Topic) at home to receive real-estate agents coming to evaluate Chris’ London house. Bob accidentally lets gangsters Dennis (Dyer, appearing in his third Brit film in as many months) and gastrically distressed Yank Gaspardi (Corey Johnson) come in to use the bathroom. However, when Dennis’ firearm is spotted, he decides to hold everyone at gunpoint, while Bob keeps letting more people in. A certain bracing bitterness comes through in Freeman’s opening voiceover rant about the vileness of TV people, but Claxton’s clumsy helming and otherwise thin script mean the pic generates almost no laughs, no matter how absurd or scatological it gets. Soundtrack of rare vintage soul provides some incidental pleasure.

The All Together

U.K.

Production: A Lionsgate U.K. release (in the U.K.) of an Establishment Films production, in association with Priority Pictures. Produced by Annabel Rafferty, Marion Pilowsky. Executive producers, Colin Leventhal, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross. Directed, written by Gavin Claxton.

Crew: Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Orlando Stuart; editor, Kevin Lane; music, Richard Blair Oliphant, David Blair Oliphant; production designer, Toby Davies; costume designer, Angela Zdero. Reviewed at the Empire, London, May 15, 2007. Running time: 83 MIN.

With: With: Martin Freeman, Corey Johnson, Velibor Topic, Danny Dyer, Richard Harrington, Amanda Abbington.

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