Lenny Henry is a favorite in his native England, an actor and stand-up comedian sometimes compared to Eddie Murphy, not only for their common skin color but also in terms of his potential for international stardom. Unfortunately, Henry's highly touted American debut, the 1991 farce TRUE
IDENTITY, fizzled at the box office.
He's somewhat better served by BERNARD AND THE GENIE, a droll British offering that casts him as Josephus, an ancient Mideastern chap imprisoned in a genie lamp by an angry wizard. Two thousand years later the lamp is accidentally rubbed by its present owner Bernard Bottle (Alan Cummings), a
kindly fellow who's having a bad day; he's lost his...