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  • i was astounded at how bad this movie actually was. I had heard all the bad reviews and thought that nothing could be that bad, so in a way i was actually looking forward to seeing it. How wrong i was. The best thing i can say about this movie is that Danny Dyer isn't the worst thing in it, not by a long chalk. Denise van Outen can take a bow for claiming that accolade. Her portrayal of one of the wives is a nadir in acting, she screeches and gurns the whole way through the movie, chewing every bit of scenery and being so annoying that you actually feel sorry for Danny Dyer's character. She also sings the song at the end credits so do yourself a favour and switch off when they appear. Everyone involved in this movie should hang their heads in shame. there is not one single funny bit in it, even though several cameo characters laugh at the on screen action, as if trying to convince the audience it is funny. the way it is scripted , paced, filmed and acted makes it look like a Chuckle Brothers movie. In fact it makes the Chuckle Brothers look like the Marx brothers. i felt dirty and ashamed after watching this movie, save yourself that feeling and avoid at all costs.
  • I was lucky, or should i say unlucky enough to attend the premiere of this film. And after about 10 minutes it was clear to me that what was in front of me was nothing better than a high school film project. Every aspect of this film was appalling. The screenplay was horrific, containing the most crude and unfunny jokes imaginable. The acting was as bad; poor Danny Dyer did the best he could considering what he had to work with but the two wives, Sarah Harding and Denise Van Outen took acting to a new low. Ray Cooney's directional ineptitude was also clearly apparent however good a stage writer he may claim to be.

    The 90 minutes I had to spend watching this was truly the most tiresome experience I have ever had in a cinema. The hocus pocus plot I'm sure drove most of the audience round the bend and I felt a great deal better when the credits started to role. Everyone who had anything to do with this film must be regretting being a part of this project. It seems that the only point of this film was to give has beens of British film and television a few seconds of screen time.

    It is no surprise Run for your Wife took a grand total of £602 in its first week and is being heralded as the worst film of the year.
  • Wow, just wow. Hopefully the final nail in the coffin that is Danny Dyer's movie career. This man can just about get away with playing a cockney geezer who is a bit tasty with his fists, darling, but he can't do comedy. Comedy is really hard. It requires more than pulling silly faces and going, cor blimey guvnor, me trousers just fell down and the missus is back any minute! This film might have been funny if it were 1956. But it's not, it's 2013 and chucking in references to viagra and Spotify isn't enough to cover up pathetically old fashioned portrayals of women (Denise van Outen, bow your head in shame. I expect Danny Dyer to be terrible, but you used to be cool) and gay people (two old hams from yesteryear playing a pair of mincing queens who have to be seen to be believed). Having said that the score is awesome and deserves an Oscar nomination. As I write this, I'm still singing, run, run for your wife, double your strife, something something something something something, run for your wife!
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    So I've given it two stars, because to be honest there is a bit of enjoyment at look at all the familiar faces in the extras in this film, its like a who's who of British stage and screen actors/actresses from the 60-70s.

    However that was as far as any enjoyment went. The four leads were all a long way from their best (which in fairness probably isn't saying much for most of them). There was absolute no enjoyment in the storyline, the comedy was rushed and simply not funny and the only reason I stick with it to the end was because I wanted to see if Judi Dench pitched up again. At the end I wasn't left feeling angry or upset, just simply bewildered how in this day and age anyone can make such a bad feature film.

    In essence unless you don't have to pay to watch it AND you like actor spotting, don't bother wasting your time!
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    Once upon a time a man wrote a story. That story was scripted and turned into a play. The play subsequently was picked up and made into a film this film.

    Everyone involved in the above chain of events should be shunned from society and made to apologise for what is the most awful film you could ever imagine seeing.

    Those that gave the film 10 / 10 are clearly involved with the production in some way or other.

    The tag line for the film should have been

    "As fun as scrubbing your skin with a cheese grater whilst on fire"
  • ncary9525 February 2013
    So bad that it's actually funny! Why didn't they think to stop producing after the first scene? Or even at the planning stage? Plot is very bad and I am surprised it even made the money it did. Danny Dyer wasn't bad but everyone else didn't suit their roles.

    For me it has to be one of the worst film this century. Even the many guest cameo's couldn't save this from being terrible. If you get the chance to watch it though, you can't say no, more people need to know about this farce of a film. I hope it wins awards for being so poor.

    Give it a re-brand with reviews like "So bad it will make you laugh" and this could be the next big thing.
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    John has been happily involved in a bigamous marriage for five years. He lives with Stephanie in Finsbury and Michelle in Stockwell.

    He's a taxi driver which involves shift work. John unwittingly becomes a hero and the Finsbury and Stockwell police forces discover something suspicious in their paperwork.

    During the next 24 hours John, with the help of his neighbour Gary, rush between the two marital homes attempting to evade the police and prevent the two loving wives coming face to face.....

    Yes, the movie is bad, really bad, and the acting is pretty ropey, but this film has to be seen for it's sheer bawdiness.

    First off, the film is at least thirty years out of date, and you could imagine Sid James and Reg Varney in key roles.

    Dyer looks pretty uncomfortable in his range, because he isn't a wide boy in this, and never utters an expletive over the odd mild swear word.

    The humour consists of jokes that would make a Pier comedian cringe, Dyer standing on a rake, and Morrisey sitting on a cake.

    The best thing about this mess, is the cast.

    It literally has dozens of cameos, from Judi Dench, to Cliff Richard.

    So all in all, it's a terrible mess, but if you were fond of generic sitcoms from the late seventies and early eighties, you may appreciate it in the way I did.
  • Review: What a complete load of crap. The acting is terrible along with the storyline which was badly written with a appalling concept. This has to be Danny Dyer's worse film to date and all of the other actors should have stayed away from it. On the plus side, there are some familiar faces throughout the movie which people will remember when they were young, but apart from that, this is a massive waste of time. The pathetic situations that Danny Dyer finds himself in were unbelievable and very badly thought out. I think that you can tell that I REALLY hates this film,

    Round-Up: I can't believe that someone got the budget for this film after reading the script, and to top it off, it looks like there considering a sequel, after seeing the end credits. This is also supposed to be Denise Van Outen's big break into movies, which was a bad idea. The thing that everyone should just put this movie behind them and try and come out with something decent.

    Budget: £2.2million (Waste Of Money!) Worldwide Gross: N/A

    I recommend this movie to people who like ridiculous comedies set around London. 1/10
  • 2012 turned out to be something of a banner year for terrible comedies, with the all-star embarrassment Movie 43 opening to a chorus of disapproval and howls of "worst comedy ever" - only for those very same easily-offended critics to eat their words a matter of weeks later when this ill-advised big-screen version of Ray Cooney's redoubtable stage farce opened, very briefly in a handful of cinemas, before distributors pulled the plug. The word was out - Run For Your Wife set a new benchmark in terms of gob-smacking wretchedness. It was Sex Lives of the Potato Men all over again, the benighted British film industry apparently having failed to learn the valuable lessons of the vile Viz spin-off Fat Slags (2004) or the barrel-scraping Bottom spin-off Guest House Paradiso.

    There's no denying that Run For Your Wife is indeed awful, but does it really deserve the vitriol that was spewed all over it, causing it to disintegrate like one of Seth Brundle's doughnuts in the Fly (1986)? Well, Danny Dyer - now safely ensconced in EastEnders, but at the time negotiating a tricky image change after the public and critics alike decided they'd had quite enough of him playing a foul-mouthed Cockney geezer - didn't do too badly in the pivotal role of John Smith, a bigamist taxi driver trying to juggle two marriages. Ray Cooney's enduring and endearing love for the city of London shines through several of the more engaging, less hectic sequences, particularly the opening titles which look like a spinning rack of tourist-friendly postcards come to life (though the appearance of the soon-to-be-jailed celebrity paedophile Rolf Harris might have to be cautiously edited out, should the film ever receive a television airing). There's certainly fun to be had in spotting the ridiculous number of cameos from Cooney's showbiz chums - Jeffrey Holland! Russ Abbot! Brian Murphy! Derek Griffiths! Bernard Cribbins! Nicky Henson! Maureen Lipman! Prunella Scales! Donald Sinden! Richard Briers! You get the idea. It's as if Dyer lives in a world entirely populated by British celebrities from the seventies and eighties. Bags of fun for people like me, who don't have much of a life.

    Sadly, these disparate elements are powerless to save the film from itself, and what worked beautifully on stage for the best part of a decade transfers to the screen looking more like a hideous, primary- coloured Chuckle Brothers romp with a slightly higher budget than what the unfortunate Mr Dyer rashly described as 'the ultimate British comedy'. For the first half, it's mostly inoffensive, broadly played slapstick, yet from the moment Christopher Biggins and Lionel Blair's staggeringly stereotypical pair of ageing queens are introduced, leading to an apparently endless sequence in which they try to clear up their flooded apartment, the film becomes an endurance test, a chore to sit through unleavened by some unpleasant homophobia and Denise Van Outen's subtlety-free and increasingly fever-pitched performance.

    Yes, Denise Van Outen is in this - the former 'geezerbird' television presenter and lad's mag favourite, alongside former Girls Aloud performer Sarah Harding. Neither of whom are noted exponents of theatrical farce, of course, which begs the question - what are they doing here? They probably asked themselves that throughout the entire shoot. The remainder of the comic heavy lifting is left to Neil Morrissey, who by 2012 had long ceased to resemble the puppy-eyed lad- about-town familiar from Men Behaving Badly and had started to look as if he was suffering from the disorientating effects of early onset Alzheimer's - a situation not helped by the fact that his big comedy set-piece involves sitting on a large chocolate cake. All those accomplished comedy actors hamming it up on the sidelines, and the main four roles went to Dyer, Van Outen, Harding and Morrissey. There's no justice.

    Worst of all, a sequel is optimistically promised (or rather threatened) in the end credit roll, this time based on another Cooney stage hit, Caught in the Act - which apparently takes place eighteen years after Run For Your Wife. If, by some fluke of chance, that one actually gets the green light, brace yourself for a fresh spate of "worst comedy ever!" reviews circa 2030.
  • This has to be one of the funniest movies I've seen in the last 10 years.

    Dyers intelligent yet madcap portrayal of a cheating Cab driver is as heart wrenching in it sincerity and emotional depth as it is side- splittingly funny in its zaniness.

    It is refreshing to see the old established characters of British comedic farce like the doting wife, the perpetually hopeful mistress, the cheater reinvented and thrown hurtling back into 2013 so sharply and freshly they could be riding a thunder bolt from Zeus himself.

    I doubt this movie will be tipped for Oscar greatness simply because it is too clever for the average viewer to appreciate, its more likely to be a slow burning gem in the vintage of Shawshank, where a mass audience slowly grows through word of mouth.

    One of those rare gems that makes wading through most of the rubbish out there seem worth while, a must see for the whole family.
  • texxas-124 December 2018
    It must be a conspiracy all the bad reception, either that or the British public have a dull sense of humour. I must be seriously out of touch because I found all the slapstick stuff hilarious. Sure it's childish, but comedy these days seems to be all about making smart arse comments. It's not funny. Sometimes it's fun just to let go and watch adults make clumsy prats of themselves. I admit Denise Van Outen wad bad, as was all the female cast, but I found the men very funny.
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    Ray Cooney is, I'm sure, a thoroughly decent guy. That said, he should be publicly flogged for inflicting this desperately unfunny attempt at comedy on the cinema-going public.

    Based on his own play which ran for several years in London, the material is tired and dated with no apparent attempt to drag it into the 21st Century. From the opening credits, it is clear that he has no talent for direction, even with the assistance of co-director John Luton whose only previous directing credit was a 'video' made 11 years earlier. Why two inexperienced directors were paired together on this is beyond me but the end result is not so much a car crash as a full-blown motorway pile-up.

    Danny Dyer is box office poison anyway but put him alongside former breakfast TV presenter Denise Van Outen and ex-Girl's Aloud singer Sarah Harding and you have the shakiest foundations upon which to build a movie. The film also includes an embarrassingly bad supporting role from Neil Morrisey and numerous cameos from just about everyone who was anyone in British television back in the '70s. Norman Wisdom at least had the good sense to die before he could be offered a role. Several of those who took part may wish they had followed his lead.

    The film begins with some rapid-fire vignettes of Danny Dyer at work in a ham-fisted attempt to portray him as an all-round decent bloke and thereby excuse the fact he is a bigamist. In a cringe-making opening sequence we see a bag lady (a heavily-disguised Judi Dench) being mugged by two youths who conveniently drag her out of a quiet lane to mug her in view of witnesses which include our hero. Why anyone would be mugging a bag lady in the first place is beyond me but let's not dwell on that too long. In the course of rescuing her, our hero is sideswiped by a misplaced swing of her handbag and is concussed, waking up later in hospital. Now the fun really starts... I wish.

    From this point on what we get is a frantic farce with everyone running back and forth from one location to another, shouting at the top of their voices and mugging for the camera at every opportunity. Oh, I almost forgot - Danny Dyer's character stands on a rake at one point and it springs up and strikes him on the head. Tragically, that's about as sophisticated as the whole thing gets.

    The final word should go to Ray Cooney himself who appears in an uncredited cameo delivering the rather ironic line: "You think this is funny?"
  • cato_raworth10 March 2014
    Top form from Danny Dyer as always. The young cockney reveals himself as a break out star elevating his craft to a level reached by a bare minimum of legends. A true thespian.

    Throughout the movie one can not help but be astonished by Danny Dyers outstanding performance. His brilliance and commitment to the role is astounding and leaves the viewer breathless and enthralled.

    The future for this man is bright and his time on the screen resonates in the mind.

    The questions posed by Dannys delicate and playful portrayal as our leading man are many. Who are We, Why are We Here? All can be answered within this film.

    Thank you for the laughter, the tears and your time.

    Bare Bless from the t.c.m (The Camden Massive)

    Come home soon.

  • Warning: Spoilers
    As someone who has seen on-stage (West End and regional) productions of Ray Cooney's "Run for Your Wife" on a number of occasions, and certainly laughed his socks off, I do face the first hurdle of explaining why something well-acted at the theatre comes off as about 10 times as funny as this filmed version of what is basically the same story.

    It is intriguing to ponder that.

    However, those who attempt to pan this 2012 (also Ray Cooney) film version of "Run for Your Wife" out of existence are definitely too harsh I think. In the first place, this film places perfectly reasonably in the company of a great many other British comedies, and in fact wins out in relation to a number of them in being mainly free of cruelty, crudity or heavier innuendo. A clever story is being presented here (even an innovative one for those coming to it for the first time), it plays out in interesting and at times even beautiful London surroundings, and a number of funny lines are spoken and situations presented. For those who know British cinema and TV, there is also a truly-unprecedented "look for the famous face" aspect, given that tens of comedy stars past and present are in this film in cameo roles. Obviously this aspect will be almost entirely lost on non-Brits, but there is a quite amazing (and frenetic) farce to fall back on, and it lives up to Ray Cooney standards in ultimately being warm, innocent and basically kind in outlook.

    Somehow this film does NOT quite work out as it should, but Danny Dyer and Neil Morrissey as John Smith and Gary Gardner do quite well enough, Denise Van Outen overacts a touch but is also acceptable as the more outraged wife, while an extremely attractive Sarah Harding as "the other Mrs Smith" gives a very sympathetic performance as a woman so basically well-meaning and nice that she is prepared to put up with a great deal for a man she clearly thinks a great deal of, no matter what.

    Overall, then, while this film is neither crazily hilarious nor a brilliant piece of cinema, it is a pleasant enough watch, does reasonably well with an outrageous story line, and ... no real harm actually comes to anybody - an aspect which has its sweeter side.
  • This is the perfect film for when you want to sit back, relax and have a good laugh!

    It's so nice to see a true British style comedy again! This film is full of laughs from start to finish, it's brilliant how they've managed to bring back the classic comedy farce to our screens!

    I also loved looking out for all the famous faces - Cliff Richard, Christopher Biggins, even Judi Dench makes an appearance as a bag lady! Amazing! I bet the next time I watch it I'll spot even more faces I didn't see the first time round!

    It's also got to be said that it's nice to see Danny Dyer making a departure from his usual tough-guy role. He plays the lovable yet cheeky lead role perfectly!

    Great feel-good film with some hilarious one-liners! And as for the other reviewers who didn't find this funny... I just think they don't have much of a sense of humour!!
  • paulashjordan24 September 2013
    Its very "carry on" slap stick and i thought hilarious. I loved to see the whole of the Uk's veteran TV stars back under one roof. Brilliant and well written. I'm very surprised that its got a such a bad rating. Danny was funny as always, Neil was there through it all supporting the whole story. I think the use of the veteran stars was well placed i.e.: Andrew Sachs as a waiter Etc. The stars from Yester - year were great sports to do these rolls whether large or small. Chris Biggins was the campiest i ever seen with "wife!" Lionel Blair. I was loving Denise in her mad potty overprotecting wife role.

    The whole thing gets a thumbs up from me, especially if u love "the stars of yestayear "
  • Gem of a movie...albeit for older movie goers . I'ts based on a successful West End play. The movie is a bit like the Carry On movies. It's great to see so many old British TV and Cinema stars. Many of them were brave to appear on film so late in their careers. And they did this for charity too. It was absolutely delightful to see Judi Dench,Richard Briers, Brian Murphy and Jeffery Palmer to name but a few ! But blink and you will miss most of them...I watched it three times. It helps if you are a fan of UK GOld.Also if you watch Coronation Street and East Enders. All five of us...two men and two women and a twelve year old boy..loved it ! Please remember NO SEE ..NO COMMENT .
  • This is good old fashioned 'Carry On' style humour. Yes, it's predictable and cheesy but just take it for what it is and enjoy
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    I watched this film with my daughter and we both found it absolutely hilarious. We couldn't stop laughing throughout. Just what was needed to cheer us up on a wet miserable night. I would recommend to anyone :D Loved seeing the variety of stars no matter how small there part was, Christopher Biggins is just funny anyway, even when things are not going wrong. Funniest bit had to be the whole bathroom incident right from the start with the plumbing incident to the end where John and Gary get through the hole! Cant wait for "Caught in the Net" to be released and I am hoping that its as "laugh a minute as this! Well done guys!!!
  • This movie was ridiculously funny. Tracking the antics of a man and his reluctant side kick through increasingly more difficult situations. Surprise cameo appearances of many well loved actors popping up when least expected just added to the humorous feel of the movie. The will he won't he get found out theme led to some hilarious antics, off the wall pretexts and some pretty funny scenes. Definitely would recommend this movie to watch.
  • chrisgreaves-0685419 January 2020
    Come on
    Come on people 1 star? This film is a gem. High class British comedy at it's best. A great laugh. Came out of the cinema with an aching belly. Still wiping the tears away. Brilliant bit of cinema.
  • KingMushCharva29 August 2019
    All the harsh reviews seem a bit harsh, personally I really enjoyed it. Lightens the mood and you get the odd laugh from it.
  • I am writing this from beyond the grave. I hope the director is happy. This film caused me to lose all hope in humanity and I threw myself under a bus. It's not too bad here, actually. The sushi is endless and really excellent and the soundtrack is amazing. I'm assuming that the people in the other place have to watch Run For Your Wife on a loop forever. I can't see any other reason for its existence.
  • Ray Cooney,s plays are expertly written for the stage and not for the cinema, when you watch works of his such as Wife begins at forty, Not now comrade and Not now darling which were filmed as if it was on a stage and they worked very well sadly this one wasn,t, the theatrical performance was brilliant but this one does fail, it,s not too bad but it does fail to show the genius of Ray Cooney.
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    Nothing like as bad as they made out. Laughed out loud more than once. I preferred 70s culture and humour anyway - they weren't PC then.