Picks and Pans Review: Sweet Revenge

updated 09/25/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/25/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Showtime (Sun., Sept. 24, 8 p.m. ET)

This British comedy, filmed in 1996, is a failed feature making its U.S. debut on Showtime. How good could it be? Helena Bonham Carter, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Neill head the cast. How bad could it be?

Go with your first instinct.

Two would-be suicides, Henry (Neill) and Karen (Carter), meet by chance on a bridge in London and make a pact to ruin each other's worst enemy: the backstabber (Steve Coogan) who stole Henry's job and the wife (Thomas) of Karen's ex-lover (Martin Clunes). The farce (based on a pair of Alan Ayckbourn plays, The Revengers' Comedies) stumbles from crudity to romance to bloody death, leaving the viewer feeling as flummoxed as Henry usually looks. Dark humor? No, just dim.

Bottom Line: Sour taste

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