DECEMBER 26TH Cinematiki Maui Presents: A Fish Called Wanda, Directed by John Cleese & Charles Crichton, Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline


An ambitious and sexy con artist uses every tool at her disposal to obtain a fortune in jewels. To help in her plan, she woo’s her lover’s deadly henchman and then his attorney, eventually falling in love with one of them.


One response to “DECEMBER 26TH Cinematiki Maui Presents: A Fish Called Wanda, Directed by John Cleese & Charles Crichton, Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline

  1. “Three dogs are inadvertently killed when one of the main characters tries to kill the dogs’ owner to prevent her from testifying in court. Additionally, several pet fish are eaten alive by another character including Wanda.
    Comedy and cruelty
    I was reminded of the scene that marred an otherwise funny movie, “A Fish Called Wanda.” At one point, the villain played by Kevin Kline set out to force Ken, the hapless, animal-loving henchman played by Michael Palin, to reveal critical information by eating Ken’s beloved tropical fish, one by one, as he watched in helpless horror. I just didn’t think this was funny; I didn’t think it was funny when someone did it in real life, either. Killing an innocent animal, even a fish, to torture the human being who cares about it is gratuitous cruelty times two. Some joke.
    Mike: Comedy and cruelty have gone hand in hand since the first audience laughed at the first schnook who slipped on a banana peel and potentially cracked several ribs hitting the ground.
    Even by those standards, though, A Fish Called Wanda is unusually vicious, reveling in pain (especially Ken’s). Cute little animals normally exist in a safe zone, but this movie murders one adorable pup after another, always in grotesque ways; the anguished cries of their elderly owner become a prompt for laughter. And while fish aren’t as cuddly, the scene in which Otto methodically eats the entire contents of Ken’s tank in front of him invites viewers to howl at a victim’s extreme mental anguish. (This is only slightly tempered by the knowledge that Ken is a criminal and an assassin, since Palin plays him as such a gentle soul, defined largely by his speech impediment.) How does the movie manage to avoid crossing the line from darkly funny into genuinely upsetting? Or is it precisely because it so gleefully crosses the line that it succeeds in swinging the pendulum back into the hilarious zone?”

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