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A Few Best Men

A Few Best Men (2012)


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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.'

August 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

An out-and-out failure.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

A largely unfunny blend of frantic farce and gross-out humour.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

This Australian Hangover-style ensemble comedy strains so hard to be funny that it barely raises a smile

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Director Elliott (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) tells this story with an odd combination of tourist-bureau style backdrops and full-on slapstick mayhem

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

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.

September 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

When embarrassment fails to be funny, it ends up as truly excruciating, and such is the case here.

September 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

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 ...

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

A Few Best Men leaves logic standing at the altar as its two dimensional characters stumble from one faux pas to the next.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

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.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

What must have seemed at some point in production to be charming and hilarious arrives on screen as neither of those things.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

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?

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Bed, barf and beyond ...

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

The humour never rises above the level of burp, puke and fart jokes ...

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

There are no real belly laughs and it lacks the sureness of touch and character of other Australian comedies.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Hateful characters, stupid situations, woeful filmmaking.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Tries painfully hard to be funny but fails in the attempt, thanks to an over-indulgent script, lacklustre romantic leads and unlikeable main characters ...

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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.
October 17, 2012
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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.
March 20, 2012

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