"It's so good, you can slap my fishy ass and call me Wanda."
John Cleese, Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis that is one power packed line-up in every sense of the phrase. Power in terms of their Hollywood status in the mid to late-1980s and packed in terms of the star studded line-up they lend to WANDA.A FISH CALLED WANDA itself is one kick-ass flick. Analytically speaking, it's interesting for it's unique ability to intertwine the comedic strengths of both English comedy and American comedy.
WANDA takes place in England, where a trio of bumbling thieves (Curtis, Kline and Palin) intend on finding a key (hidden in a fish tank, no less) to an abundant amount of monetary booty. During the process however, Curtis' character, Wanda, falls in love with a multi-lingual Solicitor (that's British for "lawyer") named Reggie Leach (hey, isn't that Carey Grant? HELL NO! It's JOHN MOTHER FUCKING CLEESE!).
Here-in the yuks ensue.
The English humour, encapsulated by it's up-front slap stick is represented by Kevin Kline who plays Wanda's partner-in-crime and boyfriend, Otto. Kline does well to play Otto as an extroverted jerk and the name calling and constant cries of "asshole!" are reminiscent of Cleese's Fawlty Towers. Palin himself, is the bumbling sidekick. His major plot-story finds him attempting to kill an old lady, but instead kills her dogs. This, in itself is hilarious because Palin's character is a self-professed animal lover and from this conflict, we get some prime rate mother fucking slapstick, baby.
The American humour, the constant set 'em up, set 'em up n' knock 'em down, is acheived by the conflict of the romance between Leach and Wanda. In that respect, it shapes itself like very much a regular romantic comedy.All in all, see this movie because (again) analytically speaking it's one mother fucking riotous movie. It just kicks all father fucking (that's just as good as mother fucking) ass.