THE PARTY

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If it’s one thing the English do well, it’s farce *ges­tures vaguely at en­tire so­ciopo­lit­i­cal state of the na­tion*. And while Sally Pot­ter’s black-and-white com­edy is the epit­ome of the genre, it’s a far cry from your Week­end at Bernie’s and Pink Pan­thers, fo­cus­ing in­stead on the more re­lat­able pas­sive-ag­gres­sive un­der­cur­rents of an up­per­mid­dle class soirée, and the hi­lar­ity that fol­lows.

An all-star cast en­sures the witty, droll script is ef­fort­lessly de­liv­ered, with Kristin Scott Thomas as a high-fly­ing politi­cian with cause to throw the tit­u­lar soirée, while stand­out Pa­tri­cia Clark­son, Cil­lian Mur­phy and more round out the en­sem­ble with suit­ably amus­ing turns.

Pol­i­tics, re­la­tion­ships, and phi­los­o­phy are ridiculed in equal mea­sure, as Pot­ter’s script ric­o­chets be­tween the group’s sim­mer­ing an­tag­o­nisms, and longhid­den se­crets emerge to calami­tous re­sults.

While it’s ar­guable it’d be bet­ter served as a stage pro­duc­tion, the mega-cast jus­ti­fies its cin­e­matic sta­tus, while snappy pac­ing and a taut edit en­sures that, like the best kind of party, it flies by. Smart, snarky and lu­di­crous, this is one shindig you’ll want to RSVP to.

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