King Charles II (Malkovich) calls upon banished poet laureate, the second Earl of Rochester, John Wilmot (Depp), to create an overwhelmingly impressive play to improve Anglo–French relations. As he writes, a young actress (Morton) catches the Earl's eye — which is not difficult (he'll knob anything with legs), but this girl is different.
In his opening address, the Earl tells us, "You will not like me," but it’s worse than that — by the end, we just don’t care.
Reviewed by Sam Toy
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