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I don't know much about James Abadi, but by all accounts, this movie is
his first film. It purports to be a British film, and if the cast is
anything to go by, then this much at least is true, as between them
they have a CV which encompasses pretty much every TV drama or soap
opera that has been on BBC or ITV since the 1990's. What is quite
obvious from the moment the stars step into a car for a drive, is that
they have foreign numberplates and that they are not filming anywhere
near the UK. They are in fact somewhere in Hungary in Eastern Europe,
the reason for that being the presence of the main bankroller of the
film, noted LGBT transgender activist Desiré Dubounet (a.k.a. William
Nelson, a prolific US inventor indicted for fraud in 1996 who claims to
have invented an electronic machine that can diagnose cancer and AIDS)
who lives in exile in Budapest. As s/he put up most of the money for
this film, I suppose it's only fair that s/he gets a say in where the
movie is filmed, plus a producers credit and a first major starring
role. Like most TG's who turn to "acting", s/he is not especially good
at it - just a guy in drag. Actress Tamsin Egerton ("St. Trinian's")
sticks out like a sore thumb in a pile of otherwise mediocre 'talent' -
the poor girl is really so much better than this.
The plot involves a record producer (Finlay Robertson) and his secretary (Egerton) who create a fictitious band called 'F**K' who are really a bunch of talentless no-hopers so he can humiliate his rival producer (Lee Boardman) by getting him to sign them as 'the next big thing' without ever actually hearing them play. It gets quite surreal at various points, featuring both nuns with guns and aliens, with Peter Bowles turning up at various points to play the Devil/Death and cheat at a game of backgammon (not that the Prince of Darkness would play fair anyway!). And yes, that was Russ Abbot's one-time sidekick Bella Emberg you might have spotted in a blink-and-you'll-almost-miss-her cameo role. Maybe she needed the rent money that week.
Despite the general oddness, the cast seem to be having fun, and the film did manage to invoke the occasional laugh from this reviewer. If you're into this kind of f****d up wacky oddball stuff then this film definitely has something going for it. I still think some of the cast are better than the material that surrounds them though. Broadly the right side of average, but only just. 6/10
What could have been a really good story ended up to be a mess.
Too much stupidity that goes nowhere and results in nothing.
This movie tries too hard to be funny, when the funny disappeared 10 minutes in and just ends up being ridiculously stupid and over-all lousy.
There are light sprinkles of clever humour, but overall falls flat.
Too bad, because the setup of this movie had plenty of potential.
There were characters and scenes who had absolutely no reason to be there because they did not build the story, they did move the story, they weren't even funny - in fact they took away from it.
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