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PATRICK: Who’s a Mediocre Boy? You’re a Mediocre Boy!

Film Review by Ethlie Ann Vare

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/5/19 – A film from Blackadder and Absolutely Fabulous writer/director Mandie Fletcher, starring a baker’s dozen of beloved BritCom vets – including the great Jennifer Saunders herself – and a big-eyed, squishy face pug dog… what could possibly go wrong?

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Well, nothing. But then, nothing really goes right, either, in this blandly acceptable family-friendly romp. It’s basically a Hallmark rom-com with an English accent, only this time the mismatched love interest with the tough exterior and the loyal heart also has a flat wet nose.

Beattie Edmonson (Saunders’ real-life daughter) stars as Sarah, the klutzy, unlucky-in-love schoolteacher who inherits the spoiled pug dog Patrick from her late grandmother. Will Sarah get evicted from her no-pets-allowed flat? Will her new students like her? Will she find true love with one of the handsome men who seem to show up every time she walks the dog?

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It would be easier to empathize with Sarah if she weren’t so chronically incompetent. Can you really feel sorry for someone who shows up late for her first day at a new job when she can’t even get it together to set an alarm clock? It’s your first day at a new job, lady. Set your iPhone! Her life-changing, character-testing challenge is finishing – not even winning, just finishing – a measly 3-mile fun-run. This isn’t the Olympics and you don’t have polio. Dial back the tears, ‘kay?

The stakes are low. The characters are stock. The plot is predictable. The whole thing could as easily have been made in 1973. The best thing you can say about Patrick the movie is that it’s inoffensive. And Patrick the dog is adorable.

If you need to take an aging aunt to the movies – and said aunt likes pugs – go ahead and see Patrick. Otherwise, tuck up at home and dig into a few episodes of AbFab. Now there’s some BritCom for you.

Screen Media and Wagging Tales Productions present PATRICK

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Producers: Vanessa Davies, Paul de Vos, James Spring

Screenplay: Vanessa Davies, Mandie Fletcher, Paul de Vos, Sue Latimer

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Directed by: Mandie Fletcher

Production design: Harry Banks

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Editing: Matthew Tucker

Cinematography: Chris Goodger

Music: Michael Price

Cast: Beattie Edmonson, Ed Skrein, Tom Bennett, Peter Davison, Bernard Cribbins, Jennifer Saunders, Meera Syal, Cherie Lunghi, Gemma Jones, Emilia Jones.

Opens in select theaters and VOD February 15

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.