Stan & Ollie

From the screenwriter of Philomena. "The strength of the performances is matched by the sweetness of this tribute to the great comedy duo Laurel & Hardy, brought unerringly to life by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. An ode to friendship, Stan & Ollie is something no one who has ever laughed at the pair should miss. Directed by Jon S. Baird, the film opens at the height of the team's popularity in 1937, when Stan (Coogan) engages in a contract dispute with studio boss Hal Roach (Danny Huston). Partner Ollie has long been content to let Stan fight their battles and plot their routines, but he caves when faced with the prospect of violating his own agreement. That act of betrayal is left dangling until the story resumes 16 years later, finding Stan seeking to orchestrate a comeback, and Ollie having ballooned in weight and suffering with the ill health effects associated with it. Hope for a screen reunion lingers, but in the interim the two embark on a stage tour in England, where they come to realize that they're no longer the attraction they once were, while their spouses (Nina Arianda, Shirley Henderson) can barely hide their contempt for each other. Gradually, the tour catches on, while the two men are forced to confront the baggage and history that remains between them.

"Along the way, the audience is treated to reenactments of classic Laurel & Hardy routines, and makeup whose jaw-dropping accuracy is made all the more impressive upon seeing the clips of the actual guys that play at the end. Both leads are so extraordinarily good. Those who make time for Stan & Ollie will be well rewarded." - CNN.


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