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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Got this out of enjoyment of AYBS, esp. Mollie Sugden & John Inman. This is a low-budget, often awkward, production that shines far less brilliantly than the TV series, but... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aymeri
I wish this great group of actors could have gone on forever. Between Inman and Sugden they never gave me a dull moment.Published 6 months ago by Verna Miller
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... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Richdude
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 on Aug. 22 2013 by CRYSTALLINE
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2012 by Buyer 69