C.B. K. from RIO RANCHO, NM Reviewed on 9/28/2009...
This dark British comedy is hilarious! The full name is "Deadly Advice on How to Commit the Perfect Murder". Introverted Jodie Greenwood (Jane Horrocks) lives with her domineering mother (Brenda Fricker) and her equally hen-pecked sister Beth (Imelda Staunton). Jodie has fallen for an older doctor (Jonathan Pryce), but her mother disapproves and does her best to stifle the relationship. Jodie's mom is driving her to an early grave, until one day Jodie decides that's exactly where mom belongs. Inspired by a book on legendary murderers, Jodie gets some lethal lessons from the masters of mayhem. Soon, Jack the Ripper (Sir John Mills) and his friends are appearing before her and teachering her how to take mom out of the picture...permanently! But Jodie's new homicidal hobby leads to a host of problems--problems that can only be solved with some deadly advice. "A comedy out of this world...wickedly funny!"-Daily Telegraph
Hilarious, very black comedy
EquesNiger | Prague, Czech Republic | 05/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jane Horrocks (Bubble, from Ab Fab) stars as the most unlikely killer. She is the daughter of a very domineering mother, who gets very expert advice in removing undesireables from some of history's greatest murderers and serial killers, including Jack the Ripper, a very bland little man who "was the only one who never got caught". Her mother is the first to go, followed quickly by her sister and the erotic dancer boyfriend. Jonathan Price also stars, as Horrock's devoted fiancee."
EquesNiger | 07/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a funny, quirky, black little movie. Jane H. is wonderful. She is sweet, innocent and evil at the same time. If you like dark humor this is a real find."
A quirky murder-comedy in the best English tradition
P. M Simon | New Mexico | 11/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In classically understated English style, Direcotr Mandie Fletcher brings out one of those quirky, intensely black and morbidly funny films that delight audiences. In DEADLY ADVICE, Jane Horrocks is one of two lower middle class sisters busy having their lives spoiled by a harridan of a mother. What to do? Hmm, get advice from the ghost of the small town's most notorious murderer and bump the old bat off, of course! Ah, but such complications from the accomplices, possible witnesses and an eminently old and dull finacee (understated with brilliance by Johnathan Pryce).
Fortunetly, there are ghosts of some other notorious killers around to give yet more deadly advice.
Can Jack the Ripper keep the murderous but somehow likeable Jane out of the clink? You'll just have to buy this and watch it to find out. You'll probably die laughing if Jane's ghosts don't help her knock you off, too!"
Wiser Traveler | New Zealand | 09/12/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Yet another extremely mediocre attempt at film making. Both Imelda Staunton and Jane Horricks should have run for the hills when they were presented this appalling, unbelievable script. A very predictable waste of time. If you want to see Jane Horricks do something impressive buy "Little Voice""