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A Good Man in Africa

A Good Man in Africa
Colin Friels, John Lithgow, Diana Rigg, Sean Connery. Lou Gossett, Jr. and Joanne Whalley-Kilmer

Rated: R for language and sexual content.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: September 9, 1994 Released by: Gramercy Pictures

This is a funny and wonderfully quirky film that might not appeal to everyone.

Colin Friels plays Morgan aLeafy, a British diplomat stationed in West Africa. When he's not busy with women and booze, he's scheming to be transferred out of the country.

John Lithgow plays Leafy's pompous superior who moves to Africa with his wife (Diana Rigg) and beautiful daughter. He expects everything to run like clockwork and blames the flustered Leafy for anything that goes wrong - and believe me, a lot goes wrong! The funniest scene is Leafy trying to get rid of the body of a maid who gets struck by lightening. He family refuses to move the body until an expensive witch doctor perform a ceremony, and Lithgow is going crazy because a member of British royalty is coming to visit and the shrouded body is still lying in his driveway

Everyone in Leafy's circle seems to want something from him, exempt for Dr. Murray. Sean Connery plays the medical doctor who is happy with things just the way they are. It's a small part, but every minute he is on screen it is a delight.

Lou Gossett, Jr. and Joanne Whalley-Kilmer also co-star.

Each character involved in this intricate story is different and interesting. Lithgow is terrific as the blow-hard diplomat and Friels somehow makes each unbelievable predicament he gets himself into look unrehearsed and funny.

British humor is not everyone's cup of tea, but his Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) film gave me a lot of chuckles.

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