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Review: Mrs Brown’s Boys D’ Movie by Jamie

If you want me to relay to you what watching Mrs Brown’s Boys D’ Movie is like then imagine a boot stamping on a pair of testicles forever. Full disclosure, I have never seen the series that this movie is based on so I went into this knowing pretty much next to nothing apart from what the trailer told me. And that trailer left quite an impression. What stuck out to me most was the fact that there was an outtake, an actual outtake, in the trailer. This, of course, makes absolutely no sense but fine, I thought, it’s some stupid little joke for the trailer. Put it out of your mind and try and judge this movie fairly.

Then part way through an HILARIOUS scene where blind people are being taught ninjitsu and the man who plays Mrs Brown is playing another character, Mr Wang (“But he’s not even Chinese!” Complains one of the characters, which is fine since neither is ninjitsu.), the actors start cracking up. Holy shit. An outtake in the actual movie itself. Not during the credits, not as some DVD extra but during the actual plot of the actual movie. Then there were two more outtakes, just there in the movie as well. Who thinks this is a good idea? Were they so worried that people wouldn’t laugh at the film so they’d have to laugh at it themselves?

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate breaking the fourth wall but there are ways to go about it that work. For example, the Wayne’s World movies break the fourth wall regularly and to hilarious effect. That is carefully crafted, well done comedy. Outtakes are literally the opposite of that and leaving them in the actual movie is the laziest choice a filmmaker can make.

Still, they needn’t have worried about people not finding it funny because people in my screening were pissing themselves laughing. Laughing at the fact that blind people can’t see. Laughing at the Asian character who can’t pronounce Ls properly. Laughing at all this tired, ancient bullshit.

This is definitely a call back to British sitcoms of the past. The problem is that I can’t figure out what. Every sitcom from back in the day that I try to compare it to is much, much better than it. ‘Allo ‘Allo? Better. Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em? Better. Steptoe and Son? Better. I mean, I think we’re literally in the territory of Heil Honey, I’m Home in terms of being just relentlessly, offensively unfunny. This is a throwback to the lowest form of humour, the basest, crassest form that I thought we as a society had moved beyond. I thought things like Seinfeld and The Office had revolutionised the sitcom. How have we found ourselves back here? It’s literally like someone saw the parody of bad sitcoms, When The Whistle Blows, from Extras and thought “Let’s make our show like that.”

I could write a long list of everything that’s wrong with this film. I could tell you about it’s tired plot (Evil people want to buy up Mrs Brown’s stall), I could tell you about it’s offensive stereotypes (The gay guys seem to have no character beyond shrill queens) I could tell you about all that and more, but you know what?. It’s too nice a Sunday to sit here writing a review of this “movie”. Everyone who wants to see it will see it. People who know that they don’t want to see it won’t see it with the possible exception of myself. Roasts are being cooked, pints are being served and actual, real movies are being screened. And as a douche bag played by a murderer once said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” 0 pints out of 5. Laterz.

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie



Zombie Month: Boy Eats Girl by Jamie

After the worldwide success of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ there was a horde of bad Zombie comedy films. I mean really, really terrible. It seemed that many had missed what made ‘Shaun of the Dead’ so special and that was a good mix of genuinely funny moments, genuinely touching moments and genuinely scary moments as well as a healthy respect and love for the source material. It wasn’t some shitty spoof film, it was a legitimate Zombie film in it’s own right which also happened to be very, very funny.

So with this thought in mind I sat down to watch ‘Boy Eats Girl’ an Irish Zombie comedy film from 2005, just one year after Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg had rocked the Zombie world. I got ready for the worse but was my trepidation warranted?

The basic story goes like this. Boy loves girl. Boy plans to ask girl out. Comical romantic misunderstanding due to girl’s douche bag father. Boy hangs self. Boy’s mother who works restoring old church discovers an ancient voodoo text and uses it to bring boy back to life. Mother doesn’t complete ritual correctly and boy begins to crave human flesh. Boy bites fellow student at big high school dance. Small scale Zombie Apocalypse ensues.

Yes, the big bad which leads to the Zombie uprising in this film is that most evil of monsters, unrequited love. Well, unrequited love combined with a mother’s love for a son. Either way you look it, love’s a cunt and should be avoided at all costs because love equals Zombies. It’s as much a fact of the Universe as gravity.

So this is gonna be a relatively short review because I’m not gonna do my big, jokey plot synopsis that I normally use to fill up most of the space because, honestly, this is one of those rare good Zombie comedies that followed ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and I recommend you see it. It’s not as good as ‘Shaun…’ that’d be ridiculous. Seriously, Shaun of the Dead is practically a perfect movie. But ‘Boy Eats Girl’ is nonetheless incredibly enjoyable.

It managed to combine the Voodoo Zombie origins of old with the plague based Zombies of new and it was fantastically entertaining in doing it. The lead character, Nathan, retains his human reasoning and rationality whilst the person he bites and those that subsequent Zombies bite become creatures not dissimilar from the Zombies from the ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remake. Yes, they run but I’ve pretty much made my peace with the Runners after ‘Dead Set’, ‘Zombieland’ and rewatching the previously mentioned Dawn remake.

Most importantly it manages to balance the humour, gore and character development pretty damn well. Again, not as well as ‘Shaun…’. Some of the effects are so obviously flimsy rubber, although that kinda adds to the charm of the flick, but at no time does it feel as though one or two elements of those three is obviously overshadowing the others as is so often the case with the bad Zombie comedies. (Normally comedy and gore overpowering character development). No, you genuinely care about the characters whilst laughing and being grossed out in all the right places. For example one girl turns as she’s giving guy a blowjob… Yeah, I think you understand the ramifications of that.

So yeah, ‘Boy Eats Girl’ one of those few gems that I’d hoped to uncover when I started Zombie Month. Hopefully there are more to come, though I still get the feeling there’s gonna be a lot of wading through shit to get there. Four pints out of five.

You can purchase ‘Boy Eats Girl’ from the Cinepub Amazon.co.uk store.



Zombie Month: Boy Eats Girl by Jamie

After the worldwide success of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ there was a horde of bad Zombie comedy films. I mean really, really terrible. It seemed that many had missed what made ‘Shaun of the Dead’ so special and that was a good mix of genuinely funny moments, genuinely touching moments and genuinely scary moments as well as a healthy respect and love for the source material. It wasn’t some shitty spoof film, it was a legitimate Zombie film in it’s own right which also happened to be very, very funny.

So with this thought in mind I sat down to watch ‘Boy Eats Girl’ an Irish Zombie comedy film from 2005, just one year after Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg had rocked the Zombie world. I got ready for the worse but was my trepidation warranted?

The basic story goes like this. Boy loves girl. Boy plans to ask girl out. Comical romantic misunderstanding due to girl’s douche bag father. Boy hangs self. Boy’s mother who works restoring old church discovers an ancient voodoo text and uses it to bring boy back to life. Mother doesn’t complete ritual correctly and boy begins to crave human flesh. Boy bites fellow student at big high school dance. Small scale Zombie Apocalypse ensues.

Yes, the big bad which leads to the Zombie uprising in this film is that most evil of monsters, unrequited love. Well, unrequited love combined with a mother’s love for a son. Either way you look it, love’s a cunt and should be avoided at all costs because love equals Zombies. It’s as much a fact of the Universe as gravity.

So this is gonna be a relatively short review because I’m not gonna do my big, jokey plot synopsis that I normally use to fill up most of the space because, honestly, this is one of those rare good Zombie comedies that followed ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and I recommend you see it. It’s not as good as ‘Shaun…’ that’d be ridiculous. Seriously, Shaun of the Dead is practically a perfect movie. But ‘Boy Eats Girl’ is nonetheless incredibly enjoyable.

It managed to combine the Voodoo Zombie origins of old with the plague based Zombies of new and it was fantastically entertaining in doing it. The lead character, Nathan, retains his human reasoning and rationality whilst the person he bites and those that subsequent Zombies bite become creatures not dissimilar from the Zombies from the ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remake. Yes, they run but I’ve pretty much made my peace with the Runners after ‘Dead Set’, ‘Zombieland’ and rewatching the previously mentioned Dawn remake.

Most importantly it manages to balance the humour, gore and character development pretty damn well. Again, not as well as ‘Shaun…’. Some of the effects are so obviously flimsy rubber, although that kinda adds to the charm of the flick, but at no time does it feel as though one or two elements of those three is obviously overshadowing the others as is so often the case with the bad Zombie comedies. (Normally comedy and gore overpowering character development). No, you genuinely care about the characters whilst laughing and being grossed out in all the right places. For example one girl turns as she’s giving guy a blowjob… Yeah, I think you understand the ramifications of that.

So yeah, ‘Boy Eats Girl’ one of those few gems that I’d hoped to uncover when I started Zombie Month. Hopefully there are more to come, though I still get the feeling there’s gonna be a lot of wading through shit to get there. Four pints out of five.

You can purchase ‘Boy Eats Girl’ from the Cinepub Amazon.co.uk store.




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