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Keeping Mum


Keeping Mum (2005) starring Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Smith

In Keeping Mum, Walter Goodfellow , vicar of the British village Little Wallop, is busy composing the perfect sermon. So busy, in fact, that he fails to notice his bored wife’s flirtation with her American golf instructor. Or his daughter’s revolving set of boyfriends. Or his son’s status as the favorite target of bullies. Enter Grace Hawkins, the new housekeeper, who has a drastic solution to the family’s problems.

Editorial review of Keeping Mum courtesy of Amazon.com

Walter Goodfellow (Rowan Atkinson), the well meaning vicar of the parish of Little Wallop, is so obsessed with writing the perfect sermon that he is oblivious to his wife Gloria’s (Kristin Scott Thomas) dalliance with her brash golf instructor Lance (Patrick Swayze); neither does he notice that his daughter Holly has a different boyfriend every week, and his young son Petey is the whipping boy for the school bullies.

Gloria feels her life is spiralling out of control. She is sick of the incessant barking of the dog next door, her loveless marriage and her adolescent kids’ escapades – she prays every night for salvation. Enter Grace (Maggie Smith), the answer to the family’s prayers: a sweet grey haired old lady, the charming and discreet new housekeeper, who has her own unique definition of keeping house – and a very unusual way of solving problems


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