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Are You Being Served? The Movie

John Inman , Mollie Sugden , Arthur English    DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Writers Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft managed something quite clever with this, the film version of the 1970s sitcom Are You Being Served? The idea of this cheery collection of comedy stereotypes--the pompous one, the vulgar one, the camp one, the shifty one, and so on--being confined within a department store was a master stroke, as it allowed any kind of situation to arise without the plot having to exceed the restrictions imposed by the set. How, then, to keep the same theme for the big screen without just offering the television series writ large? Simple: send the whole cast on holiday together but make sure they can't leave their hotel, a state of affairs contrived easily enough by throwing a guerilla uprising into the plot. So it is, then, that the staff of Grace Bros. descends on the Costa Plonka while the store is closed for refurbishment. There are all the usual jokes involving knickers, boobs, toilets, and gay sex (sometimes all at once), adding up to a good slice of nostalgic fun for anyone who was there when lapels really were that wide. --Roger Thomas


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny March 31 2014
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Not quite as funny as the television series, but a good British comedy. While the acting is good the plot was a little less than the Television series delivered I therefore rate it 3 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh Aug. 20 2012
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A lot of the jokes are form the tv show, but it is still a good laugh to watch. If you like the show you will like this movie. Just do expect any new gags. Well there are a couple of new ones, but I won't spoil it for you
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars forget it Dec 5 2005
By Andy
Format:DVD
Alot of the jokes have been used in the far superior series
And the storyline is poor
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy This DVD Oct. 7 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
If you love the series you will hate this movie. How it could be this awful but still have John Inman and Mollie Sugden in it is a mystery. It is painfully, PAINFULLY, bad. Not at all funny and a complete waste of a very talented group of actors.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By RONALD
Format:VHS Tape
Having been a fan of AYBS for a number of years, I eagarly awaited arrival of this video, and the wait did not disappoint me. Old fans and new acquaintances will enjoy this movie once a few guidelines are realized. First, this is a movie and not a television show. The laughtrack is gone but the set is more realistic and more modern (the store setting, for example, looks like a real store and not a stage prop). Previous reviews regarding poor sound and lighting quality are perhaps a bit too demanding, as is the complaint that the jokes are straight from the show. I went through the entire movie before I "remembered the jokes" -- they flow through the movie well. Second, please remember that this is AYBS, its not supposed to be realistic as no good comedy is. The original cast is here, in their youthful, energetic selves. Its only fault, in my opinion, is that there's a lengthy delay before they get into the trip itself, but this is only a minor problem. I would recommend this video to anyone, providing that they judge the movie by its own standards and not compare it to the show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious movie, finally on DVD! July 10 2002
Format:DVD
Having been an Are You Being Served fan for 10 years, I am thrilled to see the AYBS? movie finally arrive on DVD. The picture quality looks great; the widescreen presentation along with the crisp colors are beautiful. The sound seems a bit quiet at times, but that seems to be due more to the actors' understated delivery of dialog than any technical deficiency.
The disc is lacking of any special features save for a theatrical trailer and chapter selection menu. I think though, for any true AYBS? fan, the sheer fact that this (in the past) hard to find film is on a fabulous looking DVD is more than enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to snuff Feb. 23 2004
Format:DVD
Having viewed and enjoyed just about every episode of the Are You Being Served? TV show, I finally got down to seeing the movie recently. While it had a smattering of mild-to-moderately entertaining moments and a few snickers here & there, overall it wasn't quite "up to snuff" (as it were) in the laughs department when compared to the series it was based on. Sadly, a great deal of the gags and banter were lifted (or slightly modified) from various eppies of the TV show, but were not executed quite as well this time around. Even the obligatory stock gags (e.g. allusions to Mr. Humphries' alleged... er... fluffiness, Mr. Lucas' endless array of smart@$$ remarks & lustful leering at Ms. Brahms, Mrs. Slocombe's feline companion, etc.), which usually kill me every time they pop up on the telly series, didn't do much for me here.
On the upside: at least I finally got to see the Grace Bros. staff outside their usual environment, something I seldom saw in their small-screen misadventures. And it was also interesting to see how AYBS looks on a movie budget-- which apparently isn't too different from what it normally looks on a TV budget. From what I can gather, the only real diffs are the widescreen format, a better film stock, and the lack of a laugh track...
Bottom line: if you're a fairly close follower of the Are You Being Served? TV show but haven't seen this yet, this is worth at least a rental... if only to sate your curiosity. Otherwise, the AYBS movie ain't exactly what I'd consider a "keeper". And I am unanimous in this opinion, by the way...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie Nov. 13 2012
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Yes it is true that some of the jokes and skits are rehashed from the series but there is also a lot of new material in the movie too. I think fans of the show would enjoy this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny
Are you being served is a must watch for all british comedy fans. I have watched the complete set of all seasons at least 50 times and still the discs work as good as new,
Published 11 months ago by CRYSTALLINE
3.0 out of 5 stars The gang back together on the big screen!
"Are you being Served-The Movie"(released 1977),should be more like "Are you being Served-On Holidays",for that is what this film adaption of the very popular BBC TV show is all... Read more
Published on July 14 2011 by Robert Badgley
1.0 out of 5 stars If there was a no star rating, that's what it would get!
How sad to see such a pathetic attempt at making a movie of a really good series. It was absolutely horrible. The video and audio are really bad. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Angela S. Ando
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed
I bought this for my husband as he is a long time fan of the TV show but after he watched about 30 minutes of it, he gave up and added it to the things we were taking to Goodwill. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars I love the show, but boring
I love the show Are You Being Served? to death. I grew up watching the reruns on PBS every Saturday with my grandmother. Read more
Published on June 29 2003 by "zaneboy16"
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's a movie alright.
I strongly suggest you skip this and go right to the 7 DVD box-set. Although this is clever in many ways, it's a rehash of other episodes, though the "Dear Sexy Knickers" bit is... Read more
Published on April 29 2003 by Eric A. Seiden
1.0 out of 5 stars Why did they bother?
Are You being Server? is one of the classics of british television. I have every episode on DVD and love them. I thought this would be the climax of my collection, but sadly not. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003 by B. Cagle
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