FAT PIZZA: DVD
Bobo the pizza chef (Johnny Boxer) is about to be married to his mail-order bride Tuyen Le (Lin Chow Bang) who is sneaking into the country as a refugee. But Mama (Maria Venuti) doesn’t approve. In the meantime, the delivery boys are hard at work. Pauly Falzoni (Paul Fenech) has started a war with the Ronnie Macdoggle hamburger chain, Sleek the Lebanese rapper (Paul Nakad) is being stalked by a gang of fat chicks, and new guy Davo Dinkum (Jabba) who has a drug problem, runs into a gang of bikies.
Review by Louise Keller:
If the movie offended you, there is absolutely no doubt you will be more than offended by the DVD. The ‘Horny Extras’ are displayed around breath-taking buxom breasts which inflate and deflate in time to the raunchy sound effects. Navigate to the eight deleted scenes around the bikini top, which include Rocky perving through a car window at some hot action, Mama being invaded by hooded gunmen and a rather amusing black and white Beatles send up sequence. The ‘Uncut Extra Slices of the Pizza’ have to be seen to be believed – be it Claudia’s gyrating abs-enhancing exercises, a very strange orgasm and Fat Pizza Porno to mention a few. Sure to amuse the target market, it’s a shame the navigation isn’t as user friendly as it is eye catching. I had no luck trying to view the extras on my PC, because the menu doesn’t seem to be compatible with DVD Rom, but Roadshow Entertainment assures me there is no problem. You may also get frustrated when you try to play the movie, because you will get to see a promo for Movie World whether you like it or not. (And to make it worse, you can’t fast forward.)
In keeping with its bad taste, irreverent and politically incorrect tones, the DVD menu shows Paul Fenech in front of a spinning big pizza, looking up between a pair of long and shapely legs. Yes sirree, Fat Pizza is an over-the-top, high-energy rocket ride of insanity. Paul Fenech, whose fascination for pizza began 15 years ago, when he was a pizza delivery boy in Leichhardt, has written, directed and produced a rip-roaring broad comedy of slapstick that’s blatantly offensive, filled with obscenities and fart jokes, but delivers plenty of good humour.
First the TV show, now the movie. Fenech wrote the script in one week and shot it in five – the result is one big, spoof that is strung together with skits, sight gags and one-liners. The simple premise is simply an excuse to jumble together crazy, cool characters that do crazy, uncool things. The ideas never stop coming, although the film does run out of steam towards the end, and the multi-wedding sequence falls a little flat. Fenech holds the plot together with an appealing narrative, and the ensemble cast of Johnny Boxer, Paul Nakad and Jabba is terrific. The skits are short, the editing is sharp and the use of music inspired. The characters are colourful enough to explode any colour palette: they are a mix of revolting and appealing (think Ali G, Benny Hill), and include the clever casting of voluptuous singer/actress Maria Venuti and good humoured crooner (‘Why Are You So Unkind?’) Kamahl. Venuti nails the big Mama character with a refreshing lack of vanity and is very funny indeed, while Kamahl’s competing Phat Pizza kitchen owner is a wonderful surprise.
There is no mercy for anyone: the disabled, little people, overweight, homophobic, elderly, bible bashers, transvestites, hari-krishnas, Elvis clones, bikies, windscreen washers, druggies, dingoes, backpackers and every ethnic group you can imagine. And then there are those really, really bad taste issues –what can you say about references to September 11, the Woomera detention riots, boat people bashing, axe murderers and Lebanese boys’ girl-exploits shown on the internet? There’s a running gag involving magician David Cockerfield (Tim Ferguson, excellent) and his scantily clad blonde fitness-instructress squeeze Claudia Macpherson (no prize for guessing which two models she is based on) seductively played by Annalise Braakensiek. If you want to be offended, Fat Pizza has it all. Oh yes, there are some chuckles when the health inspector inspects the kitchen and finds (shock, horror!) cockroaches, condoms and other no-nos. You may not be in a hurry to have a pizza, but you will have laughed away many of life’s bigger problems by laughing at them – after all, isn’t that how we cope with life’s loads?
Published October 2, 2003
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FAT PIZZA: DVD (M15+)
CAST: Paul Fenech, Johnny Boxer, Paul Nakad, Jabba (J. Davis), Tahir Bilgic, Rob Shehadie, Annalise Braakensiek, Maria Venuti, Tuyen Le and Kamahl
DIRECTOR: Paul Fenech
SCRIPT: Paul Fenech
RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes
PRESENTATION: 16 : 9 widescreen’ Dolby 2.0; Dolby 5.1
SPECIAL FEATURES: Extra cheesy deleted slices; Interviews; music videos; illegal burnouts; gallery; outtakes; theatrical trailer & tv spots
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: October 1, 2003