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French & Saunders: At the Movies

Dawn French , Jennifer Saunders    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Ab Fab creators Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders star in this highlights program of the best skits and spoofs from their fourth season. Includes send-ups of Alien, Misery, Silence of the Lambs, stuffy costume dramas, and of course the royals.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Entertainment Spoof by Talented Duo March 13 2003
By turtlex
"French and Saunders" are Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, two incredibly talented British comedic actresses/writers. This collection of spoofs and skits comes courtesy of the BBC.
While featuring several movie spoofs ("Misery", "Silence of the Lambs", "Thelma and Louise", etc) that is not the only genre lampooned by these gifted writers/actors.
In addition to films, they also try their hand at spoofing music videos (their take on Guns-n-Roses "November Rain", with Jennifer Saunders taking on the Axl role and Dawn French that of Slash, is absolutely hysterical), fashion models, high-brow mini-series (Upstairs Downstairs), the Royals, etc.
Of the film spoofs, the "Thelma and Louise" and "Silence of the Lambs" parodies stands out, as does a priceless take on "Star Wars:Phantom Menace". The "Star Wars" spoof is part of the BONUS selections on this DVD.
With tongue firmly in cheek, these two woman break down the fourth wall barrier and often interact out of character with each other, with uproarius results.
Among other topics, they turn their sharp wit to comment on the obvious superiority of Princess Diana over Sarah Ferguson (the DVD is dated 1994, which explains why the "Star Wars" skit is considered BONUS material) and how supermodel Jerry Hall "has it all".
The skits and lampoons here are right on the money, with detailed sets reproductions and props (many an inside joke on props are peppered throughout). Details count with any parody and are much appreciated here - From the costumes, down to the uncanny reproduction of Sigourney Weaver's voice (as portrayed by Jennifer Saunders) in the "Aliens" parody.
Jennifer Saunders has a gift with voices.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful British Parodies of Popular Movies Dec 16 2002
I give them a high rating because I am an Anglophile and understand British slang very well. I suspect your mileage may vary, especially if you are unfamiliar with British idiom. If you subscribe to BBC America and like British comedy, pour yourself some tea (or warm beer) and sit down with this one.
British comedians, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders perform a series of sketches that are delightful send-ups of popular movies, such as "Silence of the Lambs" and "Thelma and Louise". They are supported by their usual stable of very funny people, most notably, a surprisingly butch commando in the "Alien" sketch. (Ms. Burke appears in "Absolutely Fabulous" as the nearly unintelligible Cockney go-getter who rushes into magazine meetings, throwing catch phrases at her ditzy staff and then rushing out.)
There are a few things that Americans might find puzzling, like a parody called "House of Idiot", but if you've watched PBS at all, it is not a stretch to figure out what they are doing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time-sensitive material?? Feb. 18 2002
I really like Jennifer Saunders in "Absolutely Fabulous" and love Dawn French as "The Vicar of Dilby" but did not find this set of spoofs by the two actresses as entertaining as their later series. For an evening of mild entertainment for the average Anglophile, one can't beat the price, however, and while these episodes are not the best these two actresses have done, on their worst nights they are far funnier than most current U.S. sitcoms (and there are no commercial interruptions!).
The "take-offs" included in this DVD remind me of the old "Saturday Night Live" episodes on U.S. tv. You had to be of the times to fully appreciate the humor. Episodes built on current events have a way of becoming rapidly dated. For example, the scenes involving discussions by two "royals-watchers" of Fergie, Lady Di, and Dodi Fayed made me feel a bit sad although they were probably very funny at the time.
Several U.S. movies are spoofed, as was noted elsewhere -- "Misery" "Thelma and Louise" "Aliens" and "Silence of the Lambs" but I did not see the others mentioned by the British reviewer. Perhaps the British and U.S. versions of this DVD differ? The soap opera spoof of the Collins sisters (Jackie and Joan--where they really sisters?) and "The House of Elliot" ("House of Idiots") were quite good. I watched bits of "The House of Elliot" but could never get into it and now I know why. I usually love period pieces, but sometimes they are a bit much.
All in all, this is a good buy, especially if you are interested in the early works of two very gifted British actresses. Jennifer Saunders has to have one of the most plastic faces around and in some ways her talents as an actress exceed her talents as a commedienne and writer.
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Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders emerged on the British comedy scene as one of the new crop of performers who began at the "Comic Strip" club. This clan produced great TV comedy throughout the '80s & '90s, much to America's indifference: "The Young Ones (the most successful of the bunch stateside)," "The Comic Strip Presents...," "Bottom," "Filthy, Rich, & Catflap," and "French & Saunders." Then, Jennifer Saunders wrote and starred in a program based on a sketch from a "French & Saunders" show called "Absolutely Fabulous." Of course, it became an worldwide hit and put Saunders on the map. "AbFab" is unquestionably brilliant and Edina Monsoon a fantastic creation but the fact that Yanks love "AbFab" while remaining ignorant of "French & Saunders" is like having people love John Cleese's "Fawlty Towers" while never having seen his work in "Monty Python's Flying Circus." "French & Saunders," being a sketch show, covers a wider range of subjects and humor than "AbFab" and reveals Dawn French as a formidable talent on her own and a perfect compliment to Saunders. Many of the shows parody popular films and musical acts and, while some pieces may be very dry, others are rather vulgar and savage. Personally, I think these shows are greater than "AbFab" in that there is so much more in them - including the full breadth of Saunders talent (both women have an endless stream of diverse characters inside them). Grab this disc and discover what they already know overseas: that French & Saunders are the greatest comedy team of the past 20 years!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE FUNNIEST
This is the best French and Saunders DVD out there. I laughed none stop for nearly two hours. Their movie parodies are the best out there. Highly recommend it.
Published on Nov. 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still hillarious
This DVD is wonderful. It has all the sketches I remember from the early 90's plus a huge amount of bonus footage; Star Wars Movie sketches. Read more
Published on April 1 2003 by "echo-beach"
5.0 out of 5 stars must experience!
I have just become a fan of French and Saunders after having watched this dvd at a friends home. I thought they were very funny. I only wish they were on tv in the States.
Published on Dec 24 2002 by Katers
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have.....
The Guns and Roses segment was priceless...I will never watch "Silence of the Lambs" the same again after the humour that Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders put into it... Read more
Published on Dec 5 2002 by Rachel Quiles
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY FUNNY
French and Saunders are great at their work!! They are very funny! Do buy for a great family night!
Published on Aug. 14 2002 by Jeremy Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY FUNNY
French and Saunders are great at their work!! They are very funny! Do buy for a great family night!
Published on Aug. 14 2002 by Jeremy Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Always great for laughs
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders have always made me laugh. On this DVD the highlight is their spoof on the movie Misery. Dawn French has Kathy Bates character down perfectly. Read more
Published on July 11 2002 by fellow rescuer
4.0 out of 5 stars More brilliance from the greatest female comedy duo
Sometimes French and Saunders are so dry you almost miss the joke, but at other times they're hilariously over-the-top. Read more
Published on July 10 2002 by Jay Dickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Spoof of Hollywood Blockbusters--Bellylaughs!
The British Comedy Super-Duo (icons in their own land, near obscure in the US) is fantastic in spoofing Hollywood Mega-Hits like "Misery" and "Thelma & Louise". Read more
Published on June 6 2002 by Michael Mathena
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
But is does tend to drag on. I love the humorous take offs of the American movies, but there are also reference to British shows I am unfamiliar with. Read more
Published on March 19 2002 by M. Potter
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