A Few Best Men (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 3 2012

Studio script readers seemingly require three in-trays on their desks these days: one for superhero movies, one for wedding comedies, and one for everything else. Lukewarm on the heels of ‘The Wedding Video’ comes this entry from the bottom end of the middle pile. Stephan Elliott’s Down Under farce makes no secret of its debt to ‘The Hangover’, aiming to extend that film’s laddish colonisation of a genre once seen as a secure chick-flick stronghold. With its most extravagant gags revolving around sheep in drag and Olivia Newton-John on coke, however, the infrequently uproarious results are more of an acquired taste.

When mild-mannered Londoner David (Xavier Samuel) proposes to wealthy Aussie Mia (Laura Brent) after a whirlwind holiday romance, his best friends back home – obnoxious player Tom (a game Kris Marshall, liberated from those ghastly BT ads), socially awkward Graham (Kevin Bishop and lovelorn depressive Luke (Tim Draxl) – sceptically agree to act as groomsmen at the lavish outback nuptials. The bumbling Brits almost immediately run afoul of Mia’s pushy politico dad (Jonathan Biggins) and prissy mum (Newton-John, having by far the most fun here), and that’s before they begin lowering the tone with drunken car accidents, scorned drug dealers and gimp masks.

Frivolous stuff, but there’s a sour edge to the silliness, with far more gay panic colouring the jokes than you’d expect from the director of ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.’ The presence of ‘Bridesmaids’ star Rebel Wilson, meanwhile, only serves to underline how much sharper (and smuttier) that particular wed-com was: ladies, the floor is still yours.

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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Aug 31, 2012

Duration:

96 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Laura Brent, Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop

Director:

Stephan Elliott

Screenwriter:

Dean Craig

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scrumpyjack

The vibe of THE 5 YEAR ENGAGEMENT, the laughs of LEMON (0), the "naughty shocks" of THE DICTATOR.......but I lasted the distance (cheers Grease) 4/10

Kevin

Pure unadulterated rubbish. Old jokes, un original story, poor acting, lots of over acting. How it ever got made. Watch the TV trails for it. Those are the best bits.

Emmett Glenn

I loved the movie. Parts of it had me laughing so hard, I was gripping my side. If you go into the theater expecting one kind of movie, you're going to be disappointed when the movie ends up not meeting your preconceived expectations. This movie stands alone and should not be compared to prior movies about "weddings." It is not a male version of "Bridesmaids." It's irreverent and absurdist comedy at its best -- i.e., things start off rather normally, but quickly unravel to the outrageous. Put your preconceived notions about what you think this movie SHOULD be and allow yourself to enjoy it for what it is: A story about a wedding the likes of which you've never seen before.

Emmett Glenn

I loved the movie. Parts of it had me laughing so hard, I was gripping my side. If you go into the theater expecting one kind of movie, you're going to be disappointed when the movie ends up not meeting your preconceived expectations. This movie stands alone and should not be compared to prior movies about "weddings." It is not a male version of "Bridesmaids." It's irreverent and absurdist comedy at its best -- i.e., things start off rather normally, but quickly unravel to the outrageous. Put your preconceived notions about what you think this movie SHOULD be and allow yourself to enjoy it for what it is: A story about a wedding the likes of which you've never seen before.

Ian

I agree with Usman it really is quite good fun. Its not a classic and not in the same league as Bridesmaids or the Hangover but all in all I enjoyed it. Its a slow starter but once the wedding starts we get a farce in the style of the carry on's and plenty of wrong room scenarios a la Brian Rix. Disengage your brain and let it wash over you. I laughed much more than I expected to as did many of the other people at the screen I just saw it as. What more do you need to laugh than Olivia Newton John high on cocaine; a prized ram in bra and panties that has swallowed the stash of drugs from a homicidal drug dealer and a suicidal best man who has drunk three bottles of champagne. The best wedding flm of the summer. A solid three star film.