It's indicative of how false "Danny Deckchair" is and how slavishly it wants to stick to the premise that no one in Clarence would recognize Danny--that one is expected to accept that the TV channels covering Danny's disappearance would not show a photo of him, even though his story is of nationwide interest.
With its gallery of folksy townsfolk and laid-back humor, none of which is funny, "Danny Deckchair" clearly hopes to capture the charm and understated wit of such wonderful, inventive films as "Gregory's Girl" and "Melvin and Howard." In that aim, it never even comes close. The strain shows in virtually very scene and performance, save that of Otto, who somehow manages to suggest layers of personality beneath her character's cliches.
Unlike Danny's contraption, "Danny Deckchair" never gets off the ground. Starring Rhys Ifans, Miranda Otto and Justine Clarke. Directed and written by Jeff Balsmeyer. Produced by Andrew Mason. A Lions Gate release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for sex-related situations. Running time: 99 min