A Few Best Men (2012)
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.'
What really got on my nerves, more than the appallingly bad jokes and sight gags, is the terrible music that haunts the film from start to finish.
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.
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.
Ugh, what a loser. The setup is over-the-top unbelievable, the four best friends are pathetic messups, and the comedy is only funny if you get a kick out of seeing drunken stupidness. There's too much raunch, too few laughs, and nothing seems to be real. It's a "mess up the wedding" plot-device, but we don't really care because we know nothing about these people. Best to leave it that way.
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