“Mindhorn,” directed by Sean Foley

Movie, 2016

Daft, likeable comedy mixing all sorts of approaches and genres and meshing them together in a sentimental, but silly and never over-slushy love story. Essentially, this is, or feels like a vehicle for Julian Barratt and the writers’ love of old television. Mindhorn has a very British feel, enhanced by the cast, the use of the Isle of Man as location and the lack of any gratuitous or determinedly rotten sensibility. As a result, it’s harmless, frothy stuff, containing scenes of psychosis, mental disorder and drug abuse, but undercutting and playing them all for laughs.

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