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Stiff upper quips abound in this goof on the films of Merchant-Ivory. But, much like in Jim Abraham's Mafia dud, the gags are hit and miss. It's 1908, and in the barking-mad Ivory family, romance is afoot. Aunt Agnes (Scales) is desperate to marry off her dishy niece (Cates) to any lucky lad, provided he's rich, well-schooled and upper class.
Lips jounces along with sight gags and tribute scenes that flaunt and flay the last 20 years of British cinema. Unfortunately, despite the presence of comedy mainstays like Ustinov, the conceit wears thin quickly. Our advice: Just lie back and think of England.