Robert Lyndsay is really the star of this. He plays the ne'er do well - who arrives unannounced. Mr Lyndsay does a great job of appearing both likable, smarmy & shady all at the same time. Rik Mayall plays the henpecked, unhappy husband to Imelda Staunton's equally unhappy wife. The movie takes a bit too long to come to the boil - a slow burn. But the final scenes are worth the wait.