STIFF UPPER LIPS takes a great idea - make a spoof of English costume dramas like ROOM WITH A VIEW - and ruins it by adding a steady stream of strong but stupid sexual innuendoes and puns, plus some blasphemy. Cedric and Edward, two upper-class twits from Cambridge with latent homosexual desires, try to prevent Edward's sister, Emily, from marrying a lower-class man who's gotten Emily pregnant.
STIFF UPPER LIPS takes a great idea – make a spoof of English costume dramas like ROOM WITH A VIEW – and ruins it by adding a steady stream of strong but stupid sexual innuendoes and puns, plus some blasphemy. Cedric and Edward are two rich classmates from Cambridge who have “feelings” for one another. Edward introduces Cedric to his 22-year-old sister, Emily, but Emily falls in love with George, a lower-class hunter whom the family matriarch, Aunt Agnes, hires as a servant for a trip to Italy and India. Cedric and Edward, jealous of George, commit arson and falsely accuse George, who escapes from prison in order to stop Emily’s impending marriage to Cedric.
This basic plot synopsis sounds innocent enough, but the filmmakers load this scenario with a constant barrage of obscene sex jokes about oral sex, sexual arousal, homosexuality, masturbation, and other lewd matters. One of the sex scenes indulges in outright blasphemy. Finally, instead of just attacking the upper-class, imperialistic excesses of Victorian and Edwardian England, the movie has a politically correct subtext that attacks the very premises of traditional western civilization, which were founded, for the most part, on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His moral teachings.
Pagan worldview with pro-homosexual theme & jokes, preoccupation with (& validation of) sexual immorality that includes blasphemy & a politically correct statement about "progress" in sexual relationships; 15 mostly mild obscenities & 11 mostly mild but blasphemous profanities plus butler urinates in family's food & many strong sexual innuendoes, puns & references; mild violence such as men fight in bar, man escapes from prison & father headbutts adult son & ties him up; implied fornication & depicted sexual foreplay, plus many strong sexual innuendoes, puns & references about oral sex, sexual arousal, homosexuality, masturbation, & other lewd matters; rear male nudity in natural context, upper male nudity in sexual context, women in underwear, & statue & drawing of male private parts; alcohol use; smoking; and, bearing false witness (eventually confessed), false imprisonment, jokes about racism, & joke about anti-semitism.