King Ralph

Year: 1991
Studio: Universal
Director: David S Ward
Writer: David S Ward
Cast: John Goodman, Peter O'Toole, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Joely Richardson
This looked like a completely stupid fish out of water comedy, but John Goodman plays it mostly straight and it actually has a lot of heart.

The set-up is ludicrous as the entire royal family of England is wiped out in a photography accident and the only heir the authorities can find is an American lounge singer (as royal aide Peter O'Toole says when he learns 'quick, what are his good points?')

Ralph (Goodman) comes to England and tries to be a King, bringing a surprising amount of humility and smarts to the role for such a silly comedy, but this is a fantasy romance comedy sort of thing, so he falls in love with the dorky girl and learns to be a good king.

Less funny than it is sweet.

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