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Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)

Follows the sexual antics of a group of potato delivery men in Birmingham.

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Andy Humphries

Writer:

Andy Humphries
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Vegas ... Dave
Mackenzie Crook ... Ferris
Carol Harvey Carol Harvey ... Chip Shop Woman
Helen Latham Helen Latham ... Chip Shop Girl
Dominic Coleman ... Tolly
Mark Gatiss ... Jeremy
Kate Robbins Kate Robbins ... Joan
Nicholas Tennant Nicholas Tennant ... Phil (as Nicolas Tennant)
Angela Simpson Angela Simpson ... Vicky
Lucy Davis ... Ruth
Ceris Jones Ceris Jones ... Poppy's Brother
Joy Aldridge Joy Aldridge ... Massage Shop Woman
Laurence Inman Laurence Inman ... Porn Shop Bloke
Alfie Hunter Alfie Hunter ... Matthew
Craig May 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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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Сексуальная жизнь картофельных парней See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£353,726 (United Kingdom), 22 February 2004, Limited Release
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Devotion Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the opening scene when Johnny Vegas is driving the van and taunting the driving instructor, in actual fact Johnny Vegas did not hold a full UK licence at the time. See more »

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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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Connections

Referenced in Comedy Connections: Shooting Stars (2006) See more »

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Night in Grand Meer
Written by Francois Carles (as Carles)
Performed by Super Preachers
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Exactly What It Says On The Tin
7 December 2004 | by SilkTorkSee all my reviews

Sex Lives of the Potato Men is about the sex lives of several men involved in delivering potatoes. So there are no surprises there. It is, in fact, pretty much what you might expect from the title: that is, it's a quirky comedy involving sex and potato men. At times the film works. It's an edgy, sometimes uncomfortable comedy about the lives of some rather unimportant and rather average men who are having problems of various sorts with women. Where the film clearly does not work, and why it failed at the box office, is that the quirky, uncomfortable parts are perhaps just a shade too quirky and uncomfortable. Instead of laughing during the scene of a man suspended from a basement ceiling masturbating over another man while he makes love to his wife, I think most of us just kind of groan awkwardly and wonder what Andy Humphries was thinking. Well, perhaps we are shown what he was thinking all too clearly.


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