Big question: "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" was regarded as an unfilmable novel. Can director Michael Winterbottom ("9 Songs," "24-Hour Party People") pull off the adaptation of page to screen?
Skip it if: You think British humor is bollocks.
Bottom line: The giddy self-satisfaction of "Tristram Shandy" grows tiresome, but it's an unusual little trifle for anyone willing to watch filmmakers throw up their hands and say, "We're not even trying to tell this guy's story, whatever the hell it is."
Bonus: The sight of Steve Coogan (playing Tristram) lowered upside down into a gigantic womb that would only be to scale on Mrs. Kong.
`Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story'
Directed by Michael Winterbottom; screenplay by Martin Hardy, based on the novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" by Laurence Sterne; cinematography by Marcel Zyskind; production design by John Paul Kelly; edited by Peter Christelis; produced by Andrew Eaton. A Picturehouse release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:34. MPAA rating: R (for language and sexual content).
Tristram Shandy, Walter Shandy, himself - Steve Coogan
Toby Shandy, himself - Rob Brydon
Jennie - Naomie Harris
Jenny - Kelly Macdonald