A Few Best Men: Because One is Never Enough
A few best men (secretly Brit-Aussie version of the Hangover)
So um, have you stuck your fingers into someone else’s nachos in a theater? Like you forgot which side your friend was sitting at and the next thing you know your fingers are deep into someone else’s cheese, also by the time you realize it’s so embarrassing you’d sort of want to die a little? No? Oh well I was wondering……..…..what?
How do you sell a movie with no star cast?? Well your best chance would be to rely on the creators credentials, and the producers played that card well when they sold ‘from the writers of Death at a funeral’. In case you don’t know the 2007 British version of Death at a funeral is outright one of the most hilarious movies of all time, and when the writers get together for a semi sequel of sorts one would expect soda to squirt out of their nose at least once during 90 minutes, but sadly the movie fizzed out.
Mia and David meet each other on a deserted island where they decide to get married and settle down for life, while David is excited by the prospect his 3 best friends back in Britain really aren’t sure he made the best decision. Begrudgingly they set off to Australia where they meet the Mia’s family, who are of political background. The rest of the movie circles around a sheep, a drug dealer and a heart broken friend which result in one disastrous wedding.
The movie was disappointing……….period. The writing seemed too force upon and while the characters seemed promising, they suffered from a lack of development. What works for the movie is the short run time, it’s not that the movie is entirely bad but it had horrible timing issues, while most of the gags had a lot of potential they fizzed out due to poor writing and lackluster direction. The actors were pretty okay which makes the movie somewhat bearable. If you’re expecting another Death at a funeral, you would be seriously disappointed, however if you have no expectations and want something similar to the hangover……..I guess it wouldn’t be that bad.
Little trivia for you before we wrap up, the movie has subtle hints in islamophobia hidden in it. There are scenes where you see caricatures of Osama Bin Laden and then a rich sheikh arguing with airport staff. Now if it were straight out in your face comedy like ‘The Dictator’ or ‘Achmed the dead terrorist’ I would completely understand, but these hints were part of no gag or script, just subtle additions to the airport scenes which seemed a bit disturbing to me. What say you Mr. Director?
If you’re planning to watch something light hearted this weekend, A few best men might just work out. Don’t expect too much though, It’s an easy watch, just not that great.
Here is a look at the trailer…
Oshee’s rating: 2/5
Australian MA: Rated 15+ for sexual references, pervasive language, drinking and some violence