(2020) (Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: As preparations are made for a fashion tycoon's lavish 60th birthday party, flashbacks show how he made his fortune on the backs and misfortunes of others.
Sir Richard McCreadie (STEVE COOGAN) is a British fashion tycoon who made his fortune buying rival companies and driving them into the ground, but not before extracting plenty of money for himself, his now ex-wife, Samantha (ISLA FISHER), or his latest lover, Naomi (SHANINA SHAIK).
They and many others -- including his mother, Margaret (SHIRLEY HENDERSON), reality TV star daughter Lily (SOPHIE COOKSON) and bitter son Finn (ASA BUTTERFIELD) -- have assembled on the Greek isle of Mykonos for his lavish 60th birthday party. Others, such as assistants Melanie (SARAH SOLEMANI) and Amanda (DINITA GOHIL) try to handle the various logistics ranging from hiring musical acts to inviting celebrity guests and even building an amphitheater that will feature an actual live lion for a faux gladiator game.
At the same time, McCreadie's biographer, Nick (DAVID MITCHELL), watches the various attempts by many people trying to appease the tycoon's every wish, no matter how elaborate, while also attempting to remove displaced immigrants who are camped out on a nearby beach.
And as all of that occurs, we see flashbacks to McCreadie's formative years at a boarding school, his ruthless raiding of fashion materials and even rival companies, and him facing a harsh hearing inquiring about his ruthless tactics.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens and anyone who's a diehard fan of someone in the cast might be interested, but beyond that, it doesn't seem that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For pervasive language and brief drug use.
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