"Ooh... You Are Awful" (1972) is a rollicking British comedy with a crafty plot and clever dialogues. The film stands as a testament to the zany comedy style prevalent during the era.
The film centers on a smooth-talking con man, Charlie Tully (Dick Emery), and his partner-in-crime Reggie Peek (Ronald Fraser). Together, they concoct a variety of schemes to swindle their unsuspecting victims. Their partnership takes a drastic turn when Reggie double-crosses Charlie and runs off with their amassed fortune. Unfortunately for Charlie, the only lead to his lost wealth is a tattoo etched on Reggie's posterior, a clue that becomes seemingly unreachable when Reggie suddenly dies.
Undeterred by his misfortune, Charlie embarks on a madcap adventure to recover his stolen wealth. Utilizing a series of outlandish disguises, he strategically worms his way close to Reggie's unsuspecting widow and his wake, culminating in a hilariously chaotic climax.
Director Cliff Owen masterfully blends farcical humor and slapstick comedy, with Emery's performance as the irrepressible Charlie Tully standing out. Known for his comedic prowess, Emery delivers an enjoyable performance filled with laughs and antics, further boosted by Fraser's competent supporting act.
"Ooh... You Are Awful" is an amusing watch that celebrates the best of British humor from the 70s. Its ingenious plot, combined with its knack for hilarious visual comedy, guarantees a fun-filled viewing experience that stands the test of time.