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The Vicar of Dibley - The Divine Collection (1994)

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The sleepy English village of Dibley gets shaken up when their new vicar turns out to be a woman--and not just any woman, but Geraldine Granger, played by Dawn French of the peerless comedy duo French & Saunders. With wit and warmth, Gerry swiftly trumped … see full wiki

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Funny, but. . .

  • Feb 9, 2005
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. . .is there possibly an AGENDA here???

The parish council is hysterical (except for the constant vulgarities from one member -- WAAY overdone); the predicaments are quite good (and somewhat predictable) and Dawn French is a gifted comedienne.

BUT. . .

Having grown up in a rather high Anglican tradition, and having seen what has happened to the church of my boyhood and a tradition I loved very deeply, I find some of the stereotypes painfully unfunny. Note the following:

Male priest bad -- Female "priest" good.

Tradition bad -- (Radical) innovation good.

Parish conservatives bad -- parish revisionists good.

"The Vicar of Dibley" takes many of the factors which drove me away from Anglicanism and makes them funny -- sometimes hysterically so. But in so doing, a worthy (and fast disappearing) hristian tradition is mocked and ridiculed.

Five stars for humor.

One star for agenda.

Average -- three stars.

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Studio: BBC Video
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003

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