Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (2001)




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Set during the swinging disco era in decidedly unswinging Sheffield, England, this oddball comedy is both a coming-of-age story about getting funky and a supernatural mystery. Vince (Michael Legge) is a Travolta-obsessed teenager who lives with his aspiring magician brother; his randy mom, who has a taste for young men; and his laid-back father Harold (Tom Courtenay). Vince longs for the young, vivacious Joanna Robinson (Laura Fraser), as Harold wows his family with his unnervingly accurate mind reading tricks. Later, when he makes headlines for inadvertently stopping the pacemakers of a couple of oldsters, Harold learns that he actually does have a telekinetic brain. That doesn't stop him from getting arrested, however, and soon Vince and Joanna's snotty boss (David Thewlis) is representing him in court. Meanwhile, Vince has been unable to summon the courage to ask out Joanna. While walking home one day, he is taken by a sexy young punkette who turns out to be none other than Joanna. Vince promptly dumps his disco stuff and buys a Sex Pistols album. Pete Hewitt, whose previous efforts include Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, directed this film.


Tom Courtenay
as Harold Smith
Stephen Fry
as Dr. Peter Robinson
Michael Legge
as Vince Smith
Laura Fraser
as Joanna Robinson
Charlotte Roberts
as Lucy Robinson
Amanda Root
as Margaret Robinson
as Irene Smith
Matthew Rhys
as Ray Smith
Rosemary Leach
as Harold's mother
Mark Williams
as Roland Thornton
John Higgins
as Rev. Anthony Cooper
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Critic Reviews for Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

If you're looking for an industrial-strength dose of twinkly twaddle, here's your hypo.

November 2, 2001 | Full Review…

A predictable pudding of a love story surrounded by a lot of over-tweaked, overcooked nonsense.

November 2, 2001 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

There are some excellent digs at television's enduring capacity for trivialising serious issues.

June 5, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This may still sound intriguing, but it's badly executed.

June 5, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

There's just too much going on, too many cliches and too little insight.

November 2, 2001

Steiner and Hewitt couldn't decide which tale they wanted to tell -- Vince's or Harold's -- and so we get both, each one getting in the way of the other.

June 19, 2001 | Full Review…

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