HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
12 Hour Shift
Filmmaker's House, The
Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud, The
Spoilers, The
Killer Therapy
Man Upstairs, The
Bloodhound, The
New Mutants, The
Tesla
Flame of New Orleans, The
Ham on Rye
Imperial Blue
Tenet
August 32nd on Earth
Don is Dead, The
Seven Sinners
Body of Water
Away
Soul
About Endlessness
Let It Snow
Ava
Deliver Us from Evil
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
Midnight Sky, The
Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, The
Mon Oncle Antoine
Blast of Silence
Blackout, The
Stars in Your Eyes
Alone
Climate of the Hunter
Farewell Amor
Let's Scare Julie
Okko's Inn
Shaolin vs. Wu Tang
Fatman
Butt Boy
Dog of Flanders, The
Bushido Blade, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
Blood Wedding: The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray
The Inhuman Element: The Ladykillers on 4K UHD
As You Like It, Baby: Breathless on Blu-ray
Stargazing: Light Entertainment Rarities on DVD
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
   
 
  Grimsby Idiot Agent
Year: 2016
Director: Louis Leterrier
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Penélope Cruz, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane, Tamsin Egerton, Johnny Vegas, Ricky Tomlinson, David Harewood, Scott Adkins, Sam Hazeldine, Gabourey Sidibe, Annabelle Wallis, Barkhad Abdi, Rebecca Front
Genre: Comedy, ActionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen) has just been in bed making sweet love to his girlfriend Dawn (Rebel Wilson) and after achieving satisfaction, he tells the shop assistant that the mattress is ideal and he'll buy it. Taking it home on the bus, he passes through various sights on his trip through his hometown of Grimsby, a lower-class area of the country where he has nine kids to feed, so feels lucky the benefits system is so accommodating, it saves him getting a job so he can concentrate on his real love: football. And drinking. But despite this level of contentment with life, there remains something missing... whatever happened to his brother Sebastian (Mark Strong), who he was separated from as a child?

It's safe to say Grimsby didn't get the best of receptions when it was initially released, as critics and public alike considered it the nadir of bad taste comedy as promoted by its creator and star, Sacha Baron Cohen. It didn't matter that in many territories it was edited to tone down its wilder excesses, it seemed being outrageous was in its blood and not much could be done to improve matters, so its full-strength version was eventually released on disc and, as was the way with these things, Cohen's remaining fans turned it into a cult movie. Something about that uncompromising nature in the pursuit of shocking its audience into laughter was evidently tickling a few funny bones across the globe.

Nevertheless, such was that opprobrium greeting what was the most basic of parody ideas, the shooting fish in a barrel quality of the James Bond spoof, a subgenre that had been around for decades and was so ingrained in the pop culture that it showed no signs of letting up, that Grimsby continues to suffer a terrible reputation, either because it insulted the sort of people who didn't have much of a chance to stand up for themselves ordinarily in the media, or because it was celebrating those self-same folks and elevating the sort of scrounging, violent, indiscriminately breeding low level criminal who Nobby represented to hero status, which was not on either in the minds of the tastemakers.

On actually watching this, it was not quite either of those things, and as it could not be both you had to work out where it stood. This was probably more on the hero angle than the villain, but the jokes were fairly evenly spread: Nobby is a moron, but he doesn't have a mean spirit, he's not particularly the sort of football hooligan who would populate any number of straight to DVD cheapo dramas designed for the post-pub brigade, though you could argue they were the ideal audience for the relentlessly stupid humour. Yet somehow Cohen and his co-writers Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham came across as men on a mission to up the ante and make gags that would have the weak of constitution, well, gagging: mention the elephant scene and anyone who had seen this would either laugh cryptically in recognition or briefly develop a thousand-yard stare.

The plot was barely there in a film that lasted about an hour and a quarter before the credits appeared, as simple as it needed to be. Essentially a town mouse/country mouse yarn, Nobby finds his brother as an MI6 spy, one of those super-efficient Bond sorts, whose latest mission is sabotaged when Nobby introduces himself at the worst possible moment and makes it look as if Sebastian has assassinated the head of the World Health Organisation. He was trying to save Penélope Cruz, an activist, but now must go undercover to ensure his survival, and Nobby offers him a roof over his head while he regroups. Cue scenes where the brothers go on fresh missions, first to South Africa and then to Chile where a top football championship is the centre of a dastardly scheme to spread a virulent disease across the world, with a bunch of guest stars, not the obvious ones either, peppering the screen in between the jokes about sucking scrotums or unblocking toilets. The weirdest aspect was how affectionate it was, they really liked Nobby and his daft, underachieving family and pals. But was it funny? If you had tolerance for the ultimate in idiotic humour, you're damn right it was. Music by David Buckley and Erran Baron Cohen.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1679 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
Paul Smith
  Lee Fiveash
   

 

Last Updated: