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Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)

 |  Comedy  |  20 February 2004 (UK)
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Mackenzie Crook and Johnny Vegas star as the bird-chasing, self-proclaimed "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" of Birmingham in this £3 million brit-com about two lowlifes with active ... See full summary »

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Dave
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Ferris
Carol Harvey ...
Chip Shop Woman
Helen Latham ...
Chip Shop Girl
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Tolly
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Jeremy
Kate Robbins ...
Joan
Nicholas Tennant ...
Phil (as Nicolas Tennant)
Angela Simpson ...
Vicky
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Ruth
Ceris Jones ...
Poppy's Brother
Joy Aldridge ...
Massage Shop Woman
Laurence Inman ...
Porn Shop Bloke
Alfie Hunter ...
Matthew
Craig May ...
Ruth's Boyfriend
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Mackenzie Crook and Johnny Vegas star as the bird-chasing, self-proclaimed "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" of Birmingham in this £3 million brit-com about two lowlifes with active fantasy sex lives who deliver potatoes to various restaurants and grocers. Written by James Mackenzie

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The search for the lowest form of life on the planet is over.

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£1,800,000 (estimated)

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£353,726 (UK) (20 February 2004)

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£673,328 (UK) (27 February 2004)
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Dave: [Sees Ferris trying to do crazy paving] What happened here?
Ferris: It's crazy paving.
Dave: This isn't crazy paving Ferris, this is just shit.
Ferris: I was trying to... you know?
Dave: You've got no artistic vision here, have you? It's just a random fucking big mess.
Ferris: It's crazy paving, you just bung slabs down.
Dave: No, I think you're focusing too much on the crazy aspect, and not enough on the paving side of it.
Ferris: Have you come round here just to have a go at my crazy paving?
Dave: No, but...
Ferris: What then?
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Written by James Skelly
Performed by The Coral
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27 February 2004 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

All I expect from a comedy is that it's funny and that's what this film is. Funny.

OK, so ideally in addition there would have been some emotional resonance to counter and complement the comedy and the character arcs wouldn't just, sort of, limp to a hasty conclusion but I laughed throughout and so maybe that's being too picky.

People have compared this to the Carry On films and I hope Humphries is suitably horrified rather than flattered. The Carry On films severely lacked the depth, honesty and courage that Sex Lives of the Potato Men displays. I'd go as far to say Sex Lives of the Potato Men is a spot-on satire on recreational sex and the mores of the new millennium; where the seeking of new experiences is deemed more important than true intimacy and relationships.

It is bizarre that by simply holding a mirror up and reflecting our society as it exists, Humphries has been villified in the media.

I would strongly advise not to let middle-class metropolitan reviewers or the sexphobic moral minority or jealous bitter would-be film-makers put you off, see it for yourself and make your own mind up.


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