The Harry Hill Movie Review

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Harry Hill (Harry Hill) and his petrol-drinking Nan (Julie Walters) undertake an epic quest to Blackpool as a treat for ailing hamster Abu (voiced by Johnny Vegas). In pursuit are the henchmen of Harry’s long-lost evil twin Otto (Matt Lucas).


Harry Hill’s wonky brand of whimsy gets the big screen treatment in the form of a very mildly amusing road movie that most resembles his ‘90s Channel 4 shows. Within the first five minutes we’ve had a car chase and a gun battle (although for “car” read “mobility scooter”, and the shootout is with some chickens) but sadly it’s downhill from there.

Some of the jokes will date almost immediately: a Justin Bieber sequence chief among them. Others, like the disco carwash and some very Goodies-ish giant hamster antics, seem deliberately antiquated already. Walters does her Victoria Wood old lady routine; Jim Broadbent shows up in drag as a three-armed cleaning lady; and Sheridan Smith plays Harry’s love interest, the princess of the undersea shell people. Her father (Julian Barratt) disapproves.

Exactly what you’d expect, which is either good or bad depending on your Hill position. It seems churlish to criticise it for being rubbish when being rubbish is the whole point.