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The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

Grimsby (original title)
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A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.

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Louis Leterrier

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Sacha Baron Cohen (story by), Phil Johnston (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Nobby
Rebel Wilson ... Dawn Grobham
Freddie Crowder ... Tsunami
Jon-Jon Lockwood Jon-Jon Lockwood ... Jason
Shaun Thomas ... Skeletor
Claudia Adshead Claudia Adshead ... Britney
Mark Strong ... Sebastian Graves
Lex Shrapnel ... Steven Marber
Isla Fisher ... Jodie Figgis
David James David James ... Jordan Beder
Rory Keenan ... James Thurbeck
Tamsin Egerton ... Carla Barnes
Johnny Vegas ... Milky Pimms
Ricky Tomlinson ... Paedo Pete
David Harewood ... Black Gareth
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Storyline

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's a football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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One secret agent. One complete idiot. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, language, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

11 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brothers Grimsby See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,258,327, 13 March 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,864,016, 10 April 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie features two African/African-American actors in key supporting roles. They are Gabourey Sidibe as Banu the Maid / Cleaner and Barkhad Abdi as heroin dealer Tabansi Nyagura. Both actors have received Oscar acting nominations for Precious (2009) and Captain Phillips (2013) respectively. Responding to the racial controversy over the 2016 Academy Awards where no black actors were Oscar nominated, star Sacha Baron Cohen said "Grimsby won't win Oscars - we cast black actors". Speaking on the red carpet at the 2016 BAFTA Awards held at The Royal Opera House in London, Cohen also said: "I've just got to say, I'm coming out with a new film called The Brothers Grimsby (2016) and we have no desire to win an Oscar, which is why we have cast two black actors in the lead roles." The Brothers Grimsby (2016) also features actor David Harewood, who had featured in the previous year's MI5 spy drama, MI-5 (2015), and who portrays Black Gareth in the movie. According to Bang! ShowBiz, Cohen jokingly said that Sidibe and Harewood "only appear in the movie to ensure it is snubbed in the Oscars nominations next year". More seriously, Cohen added: "I think the problem is the actual makeup of the films and the production staff and the directors and the actors are generally white. And I think there needs to be greater diversity here (in the UK) and in America. So I don't think it's that the members of the Academy are actually racist I think they aren't presented with enough films of diversity and I think it's not just African Americans I think it is Latino as well." See more »

Goofs

When the MI6 unit is referenced with on screen letters at the beginning of the film, it is two words "Tiger Tail." When it is similarly referenced at the end of the film, it is one word "Tigertail." See more »

Quotes

Norman 'Nobby' Butcher: It's an elephant bukkake party!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the Blu-ray credits, the film is dedicated to the memory of Sacha Baron Cohen's father, Gerald Baron Cohen, who passed away in May 2016. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Masters of the Universe (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Modjadji
Written by Daniel M. Shirinda and Chiccotwala (as Sello Twala)
Performed by Chiccotwala (as Chicco)
Courtesy of Virgin EMI Records Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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The man knows funny
5 April 2016 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

I'm a big Sacha Baron Cohen fan. I particularly love him in his documentary-style movies where he uses real people in each scenes and plays his character around them. He's now proved with both 'The Dictator' and 'Grimsby' that he can write very well in the standard comedy style as well. The thing I like most about his films is that nothing is off limits. Any thing can be said, any event can happen and no one is safe from his ridicule. There is one scene in 'Grimsby' that is particularly offensive and shocking to watch. I had seen a clip on Jimmy Kimmel's show where the audience were seen reacting to this scene (a very clever marketing ploy) and now I can fully understand their disgust and discomfort at what they were watching. He pushed it to the limit with that one.

There's more here than just shock value though. The dialogue is constantly clever and witty whilst always adhering to Cohen's unique style. Sometimes it's almost like he struggles with the pacing of his comedy because the audience isn't even finished laughing at one joke and another hilarious one is being thrown out there. The thing that made this better than 'The Dictator' for me though was the story. The action was genuinely entertaining and interesting. Combine excellent action and hilarious comedy and the already short runtime absolutely flies by.


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