I may have written about this movie last year, and there again, I can't believe I've stuck with this blog for well more than a year. But here's the source of many quotes around our house -- this sweet little (probably made-for-tv) British movie from around 1991 called Bernard and the Genie. Bernard is a very young Alan Cummings before we ever saw him in anything else (e.g., James Bond movie, Circle of Friends, Masterpiece Theatre) ...
Bernie is an antiques/art dealer who just made a fortune for his employer by buying a couple of paintings from a "few short-sighted old sock knitters". He ends up getting sacked by Mr. Pinkworth (Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean), his boss ("I sack ye, I sack ye") and goes home hoping to find his girlfriend to comfort him. When he tracks her down, she is in the arms of his best friend, Kevin, who of course she moves in with since Bernie is doing so well with the firm and all.
Left with just a few items at his flat, he picks up an antique lamp given him by his girlfriend the previous Christmas. He gives it a quick buff. Out pops the Genie (Lenny Henry) who was imprisoned there about 2,000 years ago. Bernie then gets all his wishes granted, but of course some of them go a bit wrong. Like getting put in jail for nicking the Mona Lisa.
So how is this a Christmas movie besides it being set during Christmas-time (in London)?
Well, two thousand years ago, the Genie just happened to know Big J. Big J helped out with the wine at his cousin's wedding. But the Genie just wants to go home. He misses his girlfriend and his kittens, Egbert and Peewee.
Lots of strange little British in-jokes; fun dialogue that we use around our house all the time -- for example, and which no one will ***get*** besides the Kymster:
Just call me and I'll be there faster than a poker up a pervert!
All-in-all, not a very good day.
Inspired move, sir!
Enter ye, enter ye!
We don't go in for nicknames in the Navy, sir.
Oh, it's never done that before.
One can never get over the wonder of that smile.
Mr. Beardy is sort of a non-event.
If you run across this movie, have a watch and enjoy.