Friday, 22 March 2013

"12 in a Box" (Guardian 22/03/13)

12 In A Box (12A) 95 mins *

In 2007, a pre-primetime Miranda Hart was fourteenth-billed in a shambling am-dram fiasco about old schoolfriends reunited (very Noughties) to bicker over a dying billionaire’s fortune. Retrieved from landfill, it’s now being remarketed on Hart’s name – even though her screen time amounts to five minutes, during which she’s hog-tied, described as “a big ugly bird”, and never once permitted to topple over. Everything else falls hopelessly flat in another trudge around that cosy Britcom universe where henpecked husbands, mistaken sexual identity and the repetition of the word “willy” are considered inherently hilarious. Refunds would appear inevitable. 

12 in a Box opens in selected cinemas today, ahead of its DVD release on April 1.

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