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Ben Kinnear (Mick Molloy) and his colleague Mike Paddock (Bob Franklin) are undercover detectives with the Police Force’s elite Zero Tolerance Unit. When a series of freak accidents involving a dead magistrate and a house fire occur, Ben and Mike are relegated to uniform duties. Furthermore, they are disgraced publicly by front page articles by Ben’s ex-squeeze Julie Bale (Judith Lucy), who was also once a cop, but now is a reporter with a taste for revenge. But when Ben discovers a strange link between the events and a shady casino boss he and Mike have been investigating, they decide they can no longer turn a blind eye to the corruption that is rife among their colleagues, headed by Inspector Ted Pratt (Bill Hunter).

Review by Louise Keller:
You beaut! Droll and dry with an occasional whiff of inspiration, Bad Eggs is a fun fantasy fling in which Mick Molloy sheds his Crackerjack bowling apparel for a gun, a partner and a girl. While I admit to being one of the few who found Crackerjack less than funny, I am pleased to report that I enjoyed Bad Eggs, with its understated central comic pairing of Molloy and Bob Franklin and unlikely expose of a corrupt police unit. Molloy and Franklin play it very straight and the humour comprises chuckles rather than side-splitting guffaws.

The opening scene works exceedingly well, when the handbrake of the Mercedes carrying the body of a high court judge is accidentally released, allowing the car to veer and steer itself down the dead (pun intended) straight street and into a shopping centre where it sinks beneath the bubbles in a fountain, when our friends Ben and Mike make a rather unfortunate error of judgement.

This is indicative of the kind of humour to expect in this gentle Australian film that relies on its quirky humour, zinging situation comedy and some comic lines that are funny only in context. Tony Martin’s script has that laid-back kind of humour that suits the players perfectly, and Molloy and Franklin make an amusing couple, made all the more interesting by the fact that Molloy plays his Ben in a ‘she’ll be right’ sort of way, while Franklin’s very English Mike brings another slant. Their rather unconventional tactics to obtain the top secret information required to expose the corrupt cops is nicely conceived, and by the time the security guard discovers the surreptitiously replaced video tape that shows images of the football game instead of the monitored high security chamber, we have already willed our friends to succeed and pull the wool over his eyes.

Judith Lucy (Nancy Brown from Crackerjack) is feisty and engaging as Bob’s former partner (at work and at play), who leaves valued items in high ‘n obtuse places, while Bill Hunter scowls up a black storm as the wickedly corrupt head of the force. The notion of corruption in the highest of places is taken to its logical conclusion and watch out for Robyn Nevin in a cameo as Eleanor Poulgrain. The storyline naturally ties up all the loose ends and I love the closing sequence which involves a cocktail shaker, a couple of olives, martini glasses and a smooth tune from Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, that allows a running gag of a specialist nonsensical alphabet to be properly fulfilled.

Special Features reviewed by Craig Miller:
If the comedy of Tony Martin or Mick Molloy is to your taste, you are in for a real treat with the DVD! Both commentaries are good value, featuring a host of commentators from cast to crew members, and are among the more entertaining tracks I’ve come across.

Not only do they excel as a great source of information, but both are extremely funny (particularly the commentary involving cast members). Martin and co. delight in recapping stories about situations that arise in low budget filmmaking; their highly infectious laughter from the constant joking and ribbing keep the tracks fairly motoring along.

Over Easy, a 65 minute ‘making of’ feature, is another entertaining extra containing behind the scenes footage and interviews with major cast members (Franklin is hilarious). Likewise is the ‘The Last Aussie Auteur’ bonus short, a fantastic comedy skit that originally screened on ABC’s The Late Show in 1993, starring Tony Martin and features Judith Lucy. It is a fictitious interview with Martin as Aussie filmmaker Warren Perso discussing his illustrious career producing film, and is a good example of the humour that was prevalent in that TV series.

The soundtrack promo piece comprises interviews with Dave Graney and Claire Moore who composed the film’s score. Way too short though, at just under 4 minutes.

Tony Martin keeps the entertainment rolling with commentaries on the numerous trailers (yes the trailers), a nice storyboard piece featuring his hand-drawn storyboards with the original score played over the top, and the galleries which contain some wonderful fake newspaper stories, cartoons and news headlines that appear in the film in the fictitious Melbourne Tribune newspaper.

Published November 27, 2003

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(Australia, 2002)

CAST: Mick Molloy, Bob Franklin, Judith Lucy, Alan Brough, Marshall Napier, Steven Vidler, Nicholas Bell, Shaun Micallef, Bill Hunter, Robyn Nevin

DIRECTOR: Tony Martin

SCRIPT: Tony Martin

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes

PRESENTATION: 1.85:1 Widescreen 16:9 Enhanced, Dolby 2.0 Dolby Digital 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: Director’s commentary, Cast commentary, Over Easy – On location with Bad Eggs, Deleted scene, The Last Aussie Auteur- bonus short, Soundtrack promo, Trailers, Storyboards, Still galleries.

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: November 26, 2003

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