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KINGS OF MYKONOS, THE: WOG BOY 2

SYNOPSIS:
When Steve 'The Wog Boy' Karamitsis (Nick Giannopoulos) inherits a beach on the Greek resort island of Mykonos from an uncle he's never met, he and his Italian friend Frank (Vince Colosimo) head over to the island with high expectations. But while Mykonos is beautiful and full of gorgeous women, his extended family is distrustful and his inheritance is under a cloud. Steve and Frank find themselves in a complicated situation with the wealthy Mahili (Alex Dimitriades) eager to acquire Steve's beach to expand his property empire.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Packed with wog jokes (and not just at Greeks) and sexy women, beautiful Mykonos and crazy relatives, The Kings of Mykonos is a resounding, raunchy and funny movie aimed squarely at the Wog Boy fans - who will lap it up. Expect laughter and hoots of recognition, shouts of encouragement and guffaws pretty well throughout the film's running time.

The screenplay has been filled with visual as well as verbal comedy, well observed satire that pokes friendly fun at the Greeks (both on Mykonos but more at those in Australia, whose mannerisms and customs provide as much fun as they did in The Wog Boy 10 years ago.

Nick Giannopoulos and Vince Colosimo team well as the buddies out for a good time amidst the scantily clad women on the island and Alex Dimitriades does a great job as the handsome, wealthy but young property mogul, whose girlfriend is the beautiful blonde singer Zoe (Zeta Makrypoulia). Vince Colosimo's Frank is in constant lust, especially with the mysterious black beauty (Cosima Coppola), both delivering engaging performances. So does a beautiful goat called Apollo, and two young German 'archeologists' (Thomas Heyne, Mario Hertel) who deliver delicious deadpan humour while chasing Apollo's treasure filled droppings.

Notable, too, are Dimitris Starovas as Tzimi, Steve's main man, his wife, the wonderful Galini-Maria Tseva and Kevin Sorbo as the island's resident hunk - with a secret. And of course, the buffoonish comic hand grenade, Costas Ilias as Tony the Yugoslav, who gets a rousing welcome every time he appears on screen.

Wog Boy 2 is a mid brow comedy that has been honed to hit its target with the cinematic precision of Hollywood - but without the plastic wrapping. One if its endearing characteristics is the film's down to earth tone - as Australian as a wog can get.
First published in the Sun Herald

Review by Louise Keller:
It's lighthearted, predictable and occasionally silly, but there's something intrinsically likeable about Nick Giannopoulos' Wog Boy sequel. Giannopoulos knows how to please an audience without taking himself too seriously and here his two proudly ethnic protagonists Steve (Giannopoulos) and Frank (Vince Colosimo) embark on a hilarious misadventure involving girls and buried treasure on the beautiful island of Mykonos. Stunning locations, drop-dead gorgeous girls, a suave adversary, a sexy Lothario, two wacko German scientists and an impressively horned goat called Apollo are some of the key ingredients of this energetic and funny self-deprecating romp liberally doused with a down to earth Aussie brand of humour.

When we first meet Giannopoulos's Steve and Colosimo's Frank in Melbourne, we immediately understand that life is not going well for either of them. Frank is a disaster where girls are concerned, and Steve is mooning over photos in his 'brag book' - of his repossessed car. The news of Steve's unexpected inheritance sends the two best friends packing to Mykonos, where the cerulean waters of the Aegean are crystal clear and the girls shapely and plentiful. Slapstick, word gags, sight gags, amusing misunderstandings and situation comedy follow. There's a dance sequence too, and the ending is pure Bollywood. There's a lovely moment early in the film which describes the mindset of the characters and the type of humour you can expect. When asked the meaning of the term Wog Boy, Steve and Frank explain it is in fact, an insult. But yes, they call themselves by that name. And yes, in doing so, insult themselves. Now that's Giannopoulos logic! And humour!

Giannopoulos is likeable full stop as the Greek guy with whom we love to cringe and Colosimo is excellent as his girl-crazy Italian friend who wants to be 'Hugh Hefneropolous'. Both are endearing characters: we feel for them in their trials and tribulations and are rooting for them from the start. Alex Dimitriades is impressive as the greedy wealthy property developer and the girls (Zeta Makrypoulia and Cosima Coppola) are both lovely and play their parts to a tee. Kevin Sorbo is good value as the well-built hunk who holds a special record and we especially warm to the colourful local characters Tzimi (Dimitris Starovas) and his formidable wife (Galini-Maria Tseva), but most of all, we have genuine affection for our Wog Boys abroad.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

NICK GIANNOPOULOS INTERVIEW

KINGS OF MYKONOS, THE: WOG BOY 2 (M)
(Aust/Greece, 2010)

CAST: Nick Giannopoulos, Vince Colosimo, Alex Dimitriades, Zeta Makrypoulia, Cosima Coppola, Kevin Sorbo, Costas Kilias, Dimitris Starovas, Galini-Maria Tseva, Thomas Heyne, Mario Hertel

PRODUCER: Nick Giannopoulos, Emile Sherman

DIRECTOR: Peter Andrikidis

SCRIPT: Chris Anastassiades, Nick Giannopoulos

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mark Wareham

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount/Transmission

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 20, 2010







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