A Few Best Men (2012)
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Movie InfoA groom-to-be and his three best men travel to Australia for an unforgettable wedding filled with chaos and culture clashes.
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Critic Reviews for A Few Best Men
Frivolous stuff, but there's a sour edge to the silliness, with far more gay panic colouring the jokes than you'd expect from the director of 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.'
From most vantage points, A Few Best Men seems like a real movie. It has a "story," "characters," & even scenes that superficially appear to contain "jokes," but many sketches are ultimately just that; sketches that stop short of offering moments of wit.
This Australian Hangover-style ensemble comedy strains so hard to be funny that it barely raises a smile
Director Elliott (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) tells this story with an odd combination of tourist-bureau style backdrops and full-on slapstick mayhem
When it eventually does let loose and go for some big gross out laughs - like feeding a sheep laxatives - it starts to work, but it's too little too late.
When embarrassment fails to be funny, it ends up as truly excruciating, and such is the case here.
This stomach-churningly dreadful film proves that our friends in the Southern Hemisphere can scrape corners of the barrel inaccessible to even the most fetid American imaginations.
No question this is dumb and derivative and the characters are generally obnoxious but it's raucous, energetic and enlivened by a game Olivia Newton-John ...
In a nutshell, it's just another foul-mouthed, British-flavoured wedding movie with a cast of uncouth young men trying to be as rude as possible.
A Few Best Men leaves logic standing at the altar as its two dimensional characters stumble from one faux pas to the next.
Director Stephan Elliott made The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert but here he doesn't seem to know his farce from his elbow.
There isn't one single laugh here for anyone who doesn't think that women are disgusting, men are morons, homosexuality is terrifying, and friendship is about cruelty and envy.
What must have seemed at some point in production to be charming and hilarious arrives on screen as neither of those things.
How can you resist a film in which Aussie national treasure Olivia Newton-John as the bride's mother lets her hair down for a raucous, cocaine-fuelled jag?
The humour never rises above the level of burp, puke and fart jokes ...
There are no real belly laughs and it lacks the sureness of touch and character of other Australian comedies.
Audience Reviews for A Few Best Men
With a tremendously talented director like Stephan Elliott and a capable comedic cast I was quite happy to watch this movie despite all the overwhelming negativity and prejudice that's been bombarded against it. So I did, and I can safely say that you can trust the prejudice, it is possibly the most predictable and derivative comedy i've seen in a very long time. Now where to begin, firstly it's directed by a wonderfully talented man called Stephan Elliott and the script he's been given for this film is production line, bed, barf and beyond, and he is way above this sort of material, especially when you consider his legendary past achievements. Secondly, Elliott once wrote and directed a film called The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. And in my opinion, Priscilla is one of the funniest films ever made, I thought it was beautifully filmed, original, funny, likable, and it plucked at your heart strings as much as it made you laugh out loud. But all this manges to do is rip-off The Hangover in numerous scenarios and throw in some added gross out humour that comes across as awkwardly disgusting rather than actually funny. Seriously, this is the Hangover again but done less comedically, it's got animal theft, a drug dealer, 4 childish guys, a wedding, drinking, writing stuff on eachothers faces. It's got everything. There are a few laugh in it, but certainly not enough for 91 minutes. It's one of those misfired films that feels a whole lot longer than it actually is. I was bored throughout most of it. It's like they never even tried to make it funny, it's just so lazy. Priscilla was a dedicated project for him and it even got it's own stage show. Something tells me he didn't believe in the script either quite frankly. The only things that kept me watching it was to count how many obvious gags it was going to have, a lot, and wondering how Stephan Elliott ended up here, after making one of the best comedies ever caught on film.
Funny comedy down under about a British guy who meets and marries and Aussie girl and his 3 mates come for the stag party. Some good set ups and a good laugh in places. Better than quite a lot of the generic crap coming out of Hollywood, but not the funniest film ever.More
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