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Kevin and Perry are two 15-year-old boys whose desperation to lose their virginity is so great that it inspires a sort of awe. In the rare moments when they're not thinking about girls, Kevin dreams of being a singer, and Perry has ambitions toward becoming a dance music DJ. When Kevin and Perry manage to stop a bank robbery, they're given a sizable cash reward, and they decide to go on a holiday in Ibiza, which is supposedly populated with thousands of beautiful women willing to sleep with anyone. However, after the boys pack plenty of sunscreen and condoms, Kevin's parents announce that they're tagging along. Undeterred, Kevin and Perry make the trip and meet superstar DJ Eyeball Paul , who may or may not listen to their demo tape. The boys also encounter Gemma and Candice, two scruffy teenage girls who are nearly as eager as Kevin and Perry to get horizontal. Written by
When Harry Enfield appeared on a UK chat show before the film had been completed, various clips were shown that have changed since making it into the film. These include: When Perry walks down the shopping centre and meets Kevin, Kevin proudly says "Let's wear our coats backward to front". Perry and Kevin then put there coats on backwards and walk around the shopping centre saying "Alright ladies!" to all the girls they pass. All the girls either look at them in amazement or reply "You sad virgins!". There is also no music or narration over the scene. In the film this has changed to Kevin narrating the scene and Perry asking why Kevin is wearing his coat inside out. Kevin now says "I do not conform to conventional clothing standards" and Perry puts his coat on backwards and then they both walk around the shopping centre saying "Respect". And there is now background music of Y:Traxx's MysteryLand. In the scene where Kevin and Perry are mixing in Kevin' bedroom they are playing their own mix of 'Big Girl (All I Wanna Do Is Do It)', however in an earlier clip shown they are playing Fatboy Slim's 'Love Island (4/4 Mix)' (the music that plays over the porn-mag/corner shop scene, a little later) and they are not singing, but Kevin does turn it up when Kevin's dad asks him to turn it down, which is identical to the film. There was also a scene that never made it to the final cut shown where Kevin and Perry are playing their mix on a deserted beach in Ibiza, similar to the scene in the shopping centre, except that no-one is dancing in this scene. See more »
When Kevin and Perry land in Ibiza, they are seen leaving the airport terminal. as they are leaving, a young man in a Rangers FC shirt is seen walking past behind them. When Kevin and Perry notice their dream girls, the camera pans to the girls then back to them, where the same young man in the same Rangers FC shirt is seen walking past again. See more »
Written by Paul Masterson (AKA Yomanda) & Julius O'Riordan (AKA Judge Jules)
Published by Chrysalis Music/Sony ATV/E. Seago
Performed by Yomanda
Appears courtesy of Manifesto Records (UK) a company of Mecury Records Ltd (UK) See more »
In the beginning, Harry Enfield played a character called "Little Brother". Then one day Little Brother grew up, morphed into Kevin the Teenager and was joined by Kathy Burke as his friend Perry. The resulting sketches, screened on Enfield's television program over a number of series, were among the highlights of the show. When Kevin finally got laid the result was hilarious, a long-awaited punchline to a joke years in the telling.
At the peak of his creativity, Enfield frequently killed off characters before they exceeded their natural lifespan (Little Brother himself being a case in point). But recently, that creativity seems to have been drying up, and Kevin and Perry were resurrected, first on TV (Kevin's sexual encounter explained as a dream) and now in this disappointing film.
So what's wrong? Firstly, this film is cruder than the TV series (illustrated by the endless repetition of one particular sight gag that was fresh at its first outing but that does not survive its over-exposure here). Secondly, Enfield has bizarrely decided to make a parody of the clubbing scene, and does so with such clumsiness that he fails to make a mark on a very easy target. With a dance soundtrack playing throughout, he has actually made the sort of film that Kevin and Perry themselves might enjoy. This is not a compliment.
More generally, a lot of the humour of the original sketches comes from the sheer unlikeness of the leads, the way that they somehow exactly capture teenage behaviour in spite of their ill-disguised age and, in Burke's case, sex. The simple shock delivered each time one is re-introduced to the characters leaves one laughing for half of a two minute scene; but for only one percent of a feature film. With nothing in the way of character development, only very many, very good, and very varied jokes could save this movie. There are funny moments; but nowhere near enough.
My advice: stick to the TV re-runs to enjoy Kevin in his natural habitat. Or watch "Norbert Smith - A Life", a TV film and underrated gem from Enfield's past rich with a creativity sadly lacking here.
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