The Tall Guy

  • 1989
  • UK
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mel Smith
  • Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson

Curtis' later rom-coms may be more famous, but his debut feature script is perhaps his funniest: the story of Dexter, a lovelorn Yank actor (Goldblum), and Kate Lemon, the appropriately-named nurse he romances (Thompson). The leads are a delight, and Smith's direction triumphs in a ludicrously athletic sex scene in which they trash a bedroom. Atkinson does a nice line in self-caricature as Ron Anderson, Dexter's horrible employer.

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