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Run for Your Wife (12A)


John Smith has been happily involved in a bigamous marriage for five years. Read more …

He lives with Stephanie in Finsbury and Michelle in Stockwell. Fortunately, for John, he's a taxi driver which involves varying shift work! Simple? Well, when John unwittingly becomes a have-a-go hero and the Finsbury and Stockwell police forces discover something suspicious in their paperwork, John's happy bubble is about to be burst.

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The critical consensus

Co-director and screenwriter Ray Cooney’s big screen version of his own 1980s play is so poorly executed and the material so hopelessly dated that it traduces its (sort of) honourable origins as a theatrical farce to become nothing less than utterly farcical.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Miles Fielder, The List, 11/02/2013

From the look of it, Cooney hasn't been in a cinema for about 30 years. Actually, he doesn't seem to have been outside in 30 years. Hysterical, and not in a good way.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 14/02/2013

The humour makes The Dick Emery Show look edgy and contemporary, and the movie features a mind-boggling parade of cameos you are only otherwise liable to see in the cutaway shots of an ITV3 repeat of An Audience with Magnus Pyke.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 14/02/2013

Not quite so excruciating in the memory as in the actual viewing, but this remains a bizarre, ill-advised antediluvian folly. Like Jurassic Park.

**(*)(*)(*)Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 14/02/2013

A cheery but hackneyed comedy that boasts cameos appearances from Cliff Richard, Lionel Blair, Russ Abbot and Rolf Harris. Somewhere out there is a Royal Variety show missing its line-up.

**(*)(*)(*)Damon Wise, Empire Online, 14/02/2013

Classic farces of the Feydeau, Aldwych and Whitehall kind have rarely worked in the cinema, and this widely performed stage play by Ray Cooney is no exception.

Philip French, The Observer, 17/02/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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