Wicked Little Letters

June 10, 2024 7:15 PM

102 min Warning: Language used may be disturbing for some viewers Season Sponsor: Rastins PharmaChoice Donation: Ancaster Community Services A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a farcical and occasionally sinister scandal in this riotous mystery comedy. Based on a stranger than fiction true story, WICKED LITTLE LETTERS follows two neighbors: deeply conservative local Edith Swan (Olivia Colman) and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley). When Edith and fellow residents begin to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, foul-mouthed Rose is charged with the crime.

“Wicked Little Letters” is for people who like British comedy, but also for people who think British comedies are too refined for their taste. This one isn’t. Mick LaSalle/San Francisco Chronicle

The movie is full of goofy side characters and one-liners, yet elevated occasionally to genuine complexity by Colman and Buckley, who are consistently the best thing about any movie they’re in. Alissa Wilkinson/NY Times

"Wicked" may take great pains to recreate the musty Britain of the 1920s, but don’t be fooled by the cloche hats and frilly frocks. The female rage that powers every frame of this comedy didn’t go away when that decade ended. David Fear Rolling Stone

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