... not a proper review this, more a series of random comments in an attempt to redress the balance.
If I was writing a "proper" review I'd do a little bit of research, structure this into paragraphs and chose a title quote. As it is, while I enjoyed the film I hadn't planned to post a comment until I saw the low score (though from only 31 votes) and scathing comments already posted.
So to stand up for Bob's Weekend I say ignore the somewhat jaunty, cheesy title - this isn't a British sex farce from the late 70s, but a dark, occasionally surreal take on a man's journey to the edge of suicide.
I never usually try to reference other users' comments in a negative way as it's bad mannered, but some of the views expressed under this entry shocked me with their perceptions. One of the few positive reviews suggested that Coronation St. fans would like it - would they?!!? - and another suggested that Bruce Jones is flat. To me, he's not flat, he's underplaying. There's a clear actoral direction running throughout - to cite Jones as being wooden is the same as criticising the two fairground attendants for being unnaturalistic. It's clearly been guided as such, just as the heavily stylised beating they give Jones is deliberately unrealistic.
What I really admired most about Bob's Weekend was the writing, which was well above standard for a film. Okay, it veers into uneasy territory when it tries explicit comedy - Brian Glover's cameo unbalances the film while he's on screen and the final pay-off is a stinker - but with musings on the nature of time and the value of life this isn't something you'll see every day.
There are other plusses, too, but, like I said, I never planned to write a review. All I can say is... give it a go. 7/10.
Post-script: In 2012 there are no longer any negative IMDb comments on this film, rendering parts of my review meaningless. There have also been over 100 additional votes, making the film slightly more popular on here than it once was. Lastly, I've no idea why in my review I state that it's "7/10" when I clearly gave it an 8.
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