Failed parole officer Simon Garden (Coogan) is framed for a murder committed by one of Manchester's leading police officers. The only evidence proving his innocence is a CCTV video tape locked inside a bank vault. With the help of four inept ex-criminals and token love interest Emma (Lena Headey), Garden must break into the bank and steal the CCTV footage in order to clear his name.Written by
A CGI shot of a wasp flying up Steve Coogan's nose took twelve hours and ten thousand feet of 35mm film before the wasp flying in a small glass cabinet could be coaxed into the nostril of the green wax head. See more »
The ring in the model pig's nose changes from horizontal to vertical before and after the pig is cut in half. The blade would otherwise have had to cut through the ring, which is intact throughout. See more »
[at Victor's grave]
Sarah, Victor's Wife:
After he worked with you he tried to give up his life of crime. He channelled his interests into amateur dramatics. One night he sneaked off to do the safe at Jackson's - you know, the food-processing plant? Two days later, one of the machines was playing up. They reckon he must have fallen into the mincer.
Sarah, Victor's Wife:
By that stage the order's already gone out. They tried to recall them, but all they got back was half-a-dozen pies and a couple of pasties.
And is that what's...
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Great fun,one of the funniest films I've seen this year
The Parole Officer marks Steve Coogan's entrance into the world of cinema and what an entrance it is.In probation officer Simon Garden,Coogan has created a character that we genuinely want to win.We want him to defeat the bad guys but never during its entire running time do we want to BE him.
Simon means well but always manages to get himself in embarrassing situations.And when he gets himself in these situations,he just digs himself deeper and deeper into them.The basic plot is already known so I don't need to type that out.However,there was an amazing car crash near the beginning that I wasn't expecting.
I don't want to go into more detail cos I will probably ruin all the best bits for you.Another thing,one of the major problems I had with comedies of 2000(Road Trip,Meet the Parents etc.) was that the trailers gave all the best bits away.Luckily,The Parole Officer doesn't suffer from this problem and doesn't even mention the scene in a museum that had me in stitches.If you get the chance to see The Parole Officer,go see it.I guarantee you won't regret it.
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