A Deal Is A Deal
I had never really thought about committing suicide by jumping in front of a fast-moving train, and I had definitely never thought about the effect on train-drivers when someone dies in front of their train. And despite the fact that now I have considered such desperate and depressing events because of this movie, I would still rate ‘A Deal is a Deal’ a 3/5 star comedy.
MacKenzie Crook (whom I’ve formally seen as Gareth on The Office) plays Paul, a London tube driver who experienced two deaths of people in front of his train within a few weeks. He seems decidedly glum (as you would) and really wants to get out of his job, and the general noisy rat-race that is London. Paul would rather be a writer in a far away place where he can only see green hills and hear the wind. So, when his work colleagues tell him about the ‘three and out’ rule (three deaths in front of your train within a month and you’re paid a lump sum of 10years worth of your work), he sets on a mission to find someone to help him. The internet suicide chatroom didn’t quite work out as Paul had hoped…but who better than someone ready to jump off a bridge.
Paul rescues Tommy about to jump off a bridge and rather than talk him out of suicide altogether, suggests he just wait till Monday to help him reach his dream. He pays Tommy a wad of cash for which he has a couple of days to spend and stays with him to make sure he keeps his end of the deal. After all, he might either skip off with the money or find a different way to kill himself.
Tommy is a rough diamond and on his journey of final goodbye he catches a glimpse of the effect his decisions have had on his family. During which, Paul is pulled into Tommy’s old life and some compromising positions with soap, Police, laxatives, and Tommy’s daughter.
I found the movie to have a good mix of comedy and drama, beautiful scenery and an interesting soundtrack although there was nudity during sex scenes and swearing that could offend.
Reviewed by: Melva Ritchie