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TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE MOVIE

SYNOPSIS:
After getting busted and jailed for robbing an ATM, Ricky (Robb Wells), Julian (John Paul Tremblay) and Bubbles (Mike Smith) set out to do The Big Dirty: steal a large amount of coins - which are untraceable - and thus pay their way out of a life of crime.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Catapulted to the big screen from a popular Canadian TV show, the three central characters - Ricky (Robb Wells), Julian (John Paul Tremblay) and Bubbles (Mike Smith) -are an acquired taste, probably by the same fanclub that digs loser/doper comedies like Dumb and Dumber or the terrible Aussie equivalent, You and Your Stupid Mate. And there's no shortage of that market; as evidence, I present the fact that Trailer Park Boys was Canada's No 1 film on its release. That's no doubt a benefit of having had a popular TV show on which to piggy back.

After some preliminary introductions to the characters, including Ricky's (Robb Wells) trailer park de facto, Lucy (Lucy Decoutere), the boys head straight to work: robbing an ATM. The cops are soon on onto them and we're off on a journey of juvenile jokes, banal buddy banter and heaps of f***king bad language.

In jail, Julian gets a tip from an inmate that coins are the safest money to steal as they're untraceable. The stupid trio start by trying to rob parking meters. Wound through these bumbling attempts to steal money is the convulsed romance between Ricky and Lucy. For them, the ultimate time together is a night of drinking lots of booze, smoking lots of booze and having lots of sex. (They should reverse the sequence.)

There are occasional flashes of funny, but not enough to glue your eyes to the screen.



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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE MOVIE (M)
(Canada, 2006)

CAST: Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith, Lucy Decoutere, Lydia Lawson-Baird, Cory Bowles, Michael Jackson,

PRODUCER: Mike Clattenburg, Barrie Dunn, Michael Volpe

DIRECTOR: Mike Clattenburg

SCRIPT: Mike Clattenburg, Robb Wells

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Miroslaw Baszak

EDITOR: Jeremy Harty

MUSIC: Blain Morris

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Hardkhrome (art direction)

RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Anchor Bay

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 16, 2008







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