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The Harry Hill Movie - Film Review

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by Angela Lord (subscribe)
Freelance writer specialising in arts, travel and entertainment news, previews and reviews.
Published December 8th 2013
Harry and his hamster hit the road


The bespectacled comic in the giant white collar is making his debut on the big screen in The Harry Hill Movie.

When Harry learns that his hamster has only a week left to live, he vows to give his cherished pet the holiday of a lifetime. The pair set off on a road trip with Harry's Nan (Julie Walters) and indulge in a series of madcap antics.

They encounter gun-toting chickens, brains on legs and Harry's evil twin Otto, played by Little Britain's Matt Lucas, while being pursued by a deranged vet, played by Simon Bird, of The Inbetweeners.

Along the way, Harry falls for a woman made of shells (Sheridan Smith) and almost loses his beloved hamster when he signs a contract without reading the small print.

The film was shot in the UK, with hundreds of extras taking part in scenes in Richmond where Harry and his Nan race on mobility scooters, and at Longcross Studios in Surrey, where a boxing match was filmed in a big top. The action culminates in a fight at the top of the Blackpool Tower.

As for Harry's pet, this is the biggest hamster you've ever seen, but in the capable hands of an unseen puppeteer, suitably cute, furry and fun. If you liked TV Burp, chances are you'll enjoy this too.

The Harry Hill Movie is directed by Steve Bendelack (Mr Bean's Holiday), and scripted by Harry Hill, Jon Foster and James Lamont. The film, produced by Robert Jones and backed by Entertainment Film Distributors, is in cinemas from 20 December.
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Where: On general release in cinemas across the UK
Cost: 6-10 approx depending on cinema
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