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I think the reason why I prefer this film over so many modern day Finnish comedies is the fact that while it contains the same kind of crude humour that relies on characters that act like exaggeratedly mentally handicapped children most of the time, the plot is bizarre enough to keep my interest. Modern Finnish comedies try to draw much of their humour from exaggerated real-life situations, whereas this is almost like an adventure film.
So what's the story? A patient of mental institution convinces a gay nurse to escort him out on a journey to Lapland in search of the treasure his father supposedly hid there after his gold-digging days. On their way they meet two men who have just been fired from a factory for reasons of incompetence so massive that it's a wonder the factory was still standing after their first shift there. They also meet the mental patient's brother, who's an Orthodox monk, get chased by the mental institution staff and police alike, crash their car in the middle of a homosexual poet Bacchanal, et cetera, et cetera. It's almost like watching Blues Brothers, or Monty Python even. Only instead of suave calmness there's drunkenness and instead of bizarre silliness there's people acting like five-year-old high school jocks.
And that's really all that can be said about it. I do like it and I enjoyed its humour, but it's definitely a small production with limited talent pool and jokes that are quite repetitive if you've watched the Kummeli show at all. Worth a watch if you like your comedies with a healthy sprinkling of unexpected.
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