260. The Parole Officer (2001)

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7.5 Silly fun
  • Acting 7.7
  • Directing 7.3
  • Story 7.6
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Starring: Steve Coogan, Lena Headey, Emma Gilmour

Director: John Duigan

Running Time: 93 mins


The Parole Officer is a British film about a man who leaves his job as a probation officer, and after being framed by the DI in his department for murder, he must enlist the help of his former clients to show his innocence.

I really enjoyed this film. It was a great mix of a clever story that was very enjoyable to follow, and some hilarious comedy that made watching the film a delight. Also, I liked all of the characters in this, as their great contrast between professionalism and being complete clowns was a very funny touch by the film makers.

However, the only character I didn’t really like was the main character, the parole officer, played by Steve Coogan. I felt that he was overly quirky and irritating to watch, and seemingly designed to make any Americans who still think that all English people are like Mr. Darcy from Pride And Prejudice enjoy the film.

Still, this was a really funny film for the most part, and although there were blots of predictable comedy throughout, all of it was very entertaining to watch, and along with a hilariously complex storyline, this film was very good, so that’s why I’ll give it a 7.5.

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