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This movie has its odd moments, but it's got fun performances from Chaykin (totally in his element), Gross (somehow making "unwashed" look sexy), and Virieux (whose character provides a somewhat saner counterpoint to the other two). Only in a Canadian film could you achieve such seriousness about such silliness, or vice versa, and still manage to throw in dark humor and good-looking leads. Moments of seriousness intrude; insane mobs and philosophizing, not-quite-kosher ministers; government-vs.-the-little-people; nuclear submarines and spontaneous combustion abound. You get to enjoy many of your favorite Canadian character actors with cameo parts ("hey! I've seen that guy somewhere!"), and by the movie's end, you find yourself wanting to don plaid and go catch some fish.
This is one of those strange but wonderful little Canadian films that just blows its US compatriots out of the water. An odd combination of comedy and drama, this commentary on geopolitics and influence peddling is just simply beautiful. And that includes the very scenic Paul Gross as well as the writing, location, and acting of everyone involved. I highly recommend this film to anyone who has a sarcastic sense of humor about politics and politicians, no matter what their nationality.
I'm a fan of Canadian movies and I loved this one. It's another underrated gem from the good souls at Salter Street. I'm tired of Canadians whining about how they hate our movies; there are a lot of good ones, mostly those that have never been seen but still very very good. I wouldn't try to group this one in as one of the best Canadian movies you'll see or even use it as an example, but it's worth watching if you like our sense of humour. I for one can't see anything wrong with this movie. I'm sorry that it's not a 'Big Labowski' or 'Dr. Strangelove' to you (both movies I didn't really care for, and no I'm not trying to compare the three) but I guess what Frank Shuster said was right: Canadians really do need to learn how to laugh.
Two things make 'Buried on Sunday' worth watching:
1) When Louis Del Grande picks his nose during a Privy Council meeting.
2) When Tommy Sexton spontaneously combusts and tries to put out the fire using Vodka.
Both of which were based on real life events, infusing this film with a dark sense of gritty realism.
First let me say that this is not the great Canadian movie (that would be
Jesus de Montreal) but it does entertain. It was made by the same studio
which makes "This Hour has 22 Min" and "Codco" (non Canadian readers will
not have a clue what I'm talking about)and a similar type of humour exists
here. The basic story of a small fishing village attempting to break off
from Canada and become a nation is a comment on the real problem of Quebec
independence. The acting is not the best (Gross and Cherney are OK) but
some of the references are so canuck they jump out at you. At one point two
nuclear missiles are being used to force the governments hand. One is aimed
at Mt. Rushmore, because the Americans would get after the Canadian
government and force a resolution. The other is aimed at what they believe
is a Canadian landmark of similar importance...Canada's Wonderland (for
those who don't know it's an amusment park).
Not the greatest, but worth a watch on a rainy day..
Although I liked the movie, I didn't see the credits given to the
original writers of this story...in its original form...the writers of
"The Mouse That Roared". Why not?
I'm sure that plagiarism isn't intended in this case...only a good story, set in a Canadian context.
And the research was lame. Among the gaffs, Canadian Naval Officers don't have the "curly-q" on their sleeves, just the rings. The "curly-q" is a Brit thing...we aren't Brits. A small amount of research would replace assumption with fact.
As in most Canadian films, all of the usual suspects were cast. Except...was Leslie Nielson busy?
There is some good acting in this movie, but not much. I wouldn't put all
the blame on the actors though; they don't seem to have much to work with,
as far as dialogue goes. The script is fairly weak and uneven overall -
movie is not funny and not enough of a satire to justify its
and not serious enough to make a hard social statement.
Maury Chaykin's presence is the best part of this movie (despite his working with poor dialogue). Unfortunately, although he plays a major character, that character seems to take a back seat most of the time, his actions being mostly inconsequential, despite his role as the Prime Minister's apparent right-hand man, therefore making the best part of this movie a relatively unimportant part.
Basically, Canadian films (excluding Quebec, which has its own market)
seem to fall into one of two categories. There are those that actually
get more exposure through good word of mouth and/or critical acclaim
and go on to achieve some success. Such examples include the works of
Atom Egoyan or Deepa Mehta's trilogy of movies ("Fire", "Earth" and
Then there are Canadian films which are self-indulgent and try desperately to appear clever, deep, quirky, or witty. Unfortunately, "Buried On Sunday" falls into the latter category. Those who argue that people who don't enjoy this movie don't understand/appreciate so-called "Canadian humor" have completely missed the point. In fact, they arrogantly try to present themselves appear to be as if they were part of some enlightened elite. Whatever.
People who use the term "Canadian humor" like it were some sort of blanket definition seem to imply that any type of comedy produced in Canada is rigidly dictated by certain characteristics. Obviously this is not the case, as over the years we've seen Canadian shows like "Little Mosque On The Prairie", "Corner Gas", "Trailer Park Boys", and "Royal Canadian Air Farce". All represent Canadian humor, but each is quite different from one another as night and day, despite a few similar elements.
With "Buried On Sunday", I simply don't find it to be funny or entertaining, period...even though I'm Canadian myself. The characters and the plot are just inane and stupid to the point of insulting one's intelligence. I understood what the movie was trying to achieve but I still think it failed on every level. It's not because I don't "get" Canadian humor.
These so-called advocates/defenders of "Canadian comedy" really need to get over themselves and understand that everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. For people who actually liked the film, to each their own taste.
And for those who are from Canada who don't like the film, that doesn't make them less Canadian, sophisticated or intellectual.
A Canadian government suspension of an island community's fishing rights coincides with the defection of crew members of a Russian nuclear submarine. The villagers want their fishing rights back, which Ottawa has traded away to Portugal. They declare independence from Canada and plan a nuclear attack on U.S. and Canadian targets. It's all very far fetched, but I just love it when the Canadian prime minister brown noses the U.S. vice-president. (It's not important enough for the President to be involved.)
I have never been a big fan of Canadian films, and this movie really has not done much to change my opinion. I only watched it because it featured Paul Gross, whom I loved from Due South. The story was neither entertaining nor humourous. It's a shame money (probably government funding no doubt) was used to produce such a piece of c**p. What an utter waste of Canadian talent!
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