Director: Vadim Jean
Writer: Roger Devlin (Screenplay)
Starring: Kelsey Grammar, John Michael Higgins, Tamsin Greig, Sonya Cassidy, Julie Dray, Doon Mackichan
Plot: With ruthless US and Japanese investment banks circling Tuftons, a struggling two-hundred-year-old, family-run British bank, can its bumbling, incompetent chairman, Sir Charles Bunbury, fend off the onslaught and save the bank?
Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Breaking the Bank starts as incompetent bank chairman Charles (Grammar) finds himself needing to make a big decision with takeovers, being pushed into making an investment by Nick (Horne), one which backfires on him, leaving the family bank on verge of collapse and being kicked out by his wife Penelope (Greig).
After losing everything Charles needs to try and fix things before it is too late and he must use what little knowledge he has to turn the bank around, bringing it back to what it is meant to stand for, for the generations before him.
Thoughts on Breaking the Bank
Thoughts – Breaking the Bank is a comedy about a family run bank that gets tricked by the incompetent chairman into giving up everything. This is a comedy that does play into the fact Kelsey Grammar can play a pompous figure with ease. Outside of this side of the comedy, most of the film misses the comedy but a long way. The whole banking discussion side of the film does feel overly uninteresting, not capturing the magic other movies could have, with this coming off more like a plan and dull scheming movie over anything else.
Final Thoughts – Breaking the Bank is a comedy that falls flat and ends up getting caught up focusing on banking way too often.