The Tall Guy (1989)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Showbiz Comedy, Comedy of Errors, Romantic Comedy, Satire, Slapstick  |   Release Date - Sep 21, 1990 (USA)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Nick Sambides, Jr.

Dexter King (Jeff Goldblum) is an actor who spends his nights on-stage in London's West End as a comedic punching bag for obnoxiously self-centered comedian Ron Anderson (Rowan Atkinson). He gets hit in the head with hammers, he trips, and he stands by dumbly as Anderson gets all the laughs. His home life is little different. His roommate, Carmen (Geraldine James), is a nymphomaniac, so he's always surprised by naked men parading through the kitchen in the morning. A chance meeting with lovely nurse Kate Lemon (Emma Thompson) and a tryout for the lead in a new Andrew Lloyd Webber-ish musical based on The Elephant Man (called, not surprisingly, "Elephant!") jolt Dexter from his torpor. Not that it makes him much less of a loser, which is the quality the show's producers are looking for. "You're a victim," they tell him. His attempts to seduce Kate are equally jarring. She asks him if he is a big believer in having sex on the first date. "Why, no," he tells her, trying to impress her with his sensitivity. Too bad, she replies -- she doesn't believe in getting serious with someone if they're sexually incompatible. Romance and showbiz go on, with the show a hit, though Dexter's romance hits a temporary snag: his backstage romance with a co-star (Kim Thomson) gets found out.



actor, behind-the-scenes, career, comedian, doctor/nurse, love, love-choices, rags-to-riches, romance, self-discovery, stars [celebrities]