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DVD Review: Absolutely Anything

April 19, 2016

By John Corrado

★★ (out of 4)

Absolutely Anything DVDNeil Clarke (Simon Pegg) is an average guy in England, who works as a teacher and dreams of finishing his novel, while also pining for the affection of his downstairs neighbour Catherine (Kate Beckinsale).

But things change when a group of five aliens (voiced by the remaining members of Monty Python) grant him the power to do absolutely anything, an experiment to see if humans are worth saving or if the earth should be demolished.  Things inevitably go awry as Neil struggles to control these powers, even giving voice to his dog Dennis (Robin Williams), who turns out to have a raunchy mind of his own.

Directed by Terry Jones, and featuring an all-star comic cast, Absolutely Anything is a film that should have been better and funnier than it is.  There are flashes of amusement here and there, and Robin Williams does draw some laughs in what is sadly his last voiceover role, but the film itself has trouble nailing down a consistent tone, never quite deciding whether to play as slapstick or high concept comedy.  It’s passable if all you want is a mindless diversion that has a likeable cast, but considering the amount of talent behind it, Absolutely Anything should have been something more.

The DVD also includes several featurettes focusing on the production, design of the aliens, and the cast.

Absolutely Anything is a Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release.  It’s 85 minutes and rated 14A.

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