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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Review by Nick Sambides, Jr.

Is there anything that Jeff Goldblum can't do? Well, there's one: sing. One of the funniest sequences in movies of the 1990s has to be The Tall Guy's devastating parody of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. This one is based on The Elephant Man and it's called "Elephant!" Playing an American actor who gets the lead in this bizarre London musical, Goldblum's off-key warbling is just one of the The Tall Guy's comic highlights. Slapstick, sight gags, one-liners -- this movie has just about every comic device known to man, and makes most of them work, but it's Goldblum's deadpan presence that holds it all together. It's a light, cheerful, and literate comedy. Except for a silly theme song ("It Must Be Love" by Madness), The Tall Guy hits just about everything it aims at. It has an equally dexterous performance from Emma Thompson as Goldblum's girlfriend. Thompson creates a character stripped of all conventions: she is pure English eccentric. Rowan Atkinson gives good sneer as Goldblum's egocentric boss, but the movie's Webber parody is its best bit. It's about time someone mocked his smarmy hit-machine formula, but even if you like Webber, you'll enjoy a night with The Tall Guy.