Mrs Henderson Presents
Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins
Judi Dench certainly can deliver a line! Hoskins is her equal in this nonsense farce. Dench’s character finances a musical review in London during World War II. To boost sales, she and producer Hoskins decide that the performers should be nude. A few breasts therefore appear briefly in public, scandalous, no doubt in 1944, but utterly banal today. That’s the whole story. The ostensible witty repartee is only funny if you recall that nudity was titillating in those days. Dench’s and Hoskin’s fine Shakespearean training save this boring film from complete failure.