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Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009)

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Shane Meadows' improvised, low-budget comedy follows the titular characters, embittered roadie Le Donk (Paddy Considine) and aspiring rapper Scorz-ayz-ee (Dean Palinczuk), as they hit the road in an effort to get the latter a guest slot at an upcoming Arctic Monkeys concert. Fifteen years ago Le Donk was on top of the world; these days he's struggling just to claw his way up though the dirt. Scorz-ayz-ee knows he could break big if he could just make the right connections. This trip could change

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (3)

The gags are either too inside, lazily paced, or simply not funny.

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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An endearing effort with enough heart to fill the gaps where the gags dry up or fall flat.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A fun five day feature from one of Britain's finest filmmakers.

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Affable yet thoroughly forgettable...

March 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Think Spinal Rap. A likeable and sporadically funny film, it's rather slight for a theatrical release.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

Considine is outrageously funny and never steps out of character, but the film hardly adds up to an evening's entertainment.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The film has about as much sense of structure as - well, as Thirst, but I laughed a fair bit.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Some British film-makers never give up and Shane Meadows is one of them. He'd make a movie of a custard pie if he could. And generally there's entertainment to be had from even his most hand-to-mouth efforts.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A monumental mockumentary from Brit cinema's premier director/actor double act. True, daft, emotional, hilarious.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Jaw-bustingly funny stuff, uproarious, delightful and unexpectedly touching, containing more laugh-out-loud moments than most Hollywood comedies twice the length.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Considine's performance, for instance, is an enthralling piece of improvisation that carries the entire movie.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The film is slight, but there's enough there for Meadows to create a plausible narrative arc with solid laughs along the way.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A warm and improvised comedy that will appeal to anyone with a penchant for jokes about Beth Ditto.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Largely improvised and inevitably a little rambling and loosely structured but there are some genuinely funny moments along the way.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Shane Meadows's movies are always brimming full of originality and verve and Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee is arguably his most daring effort so far.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

A comedy miracle that is the mirthful match for any so-called fun-fest that has emerged from Hollywood this year.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The plot is threadbare and the style is knockabout, but the improvisation, especially that of Considine, lends it an energy and spirit that's hard to resist.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine

It's the dynamic between the crass, artless Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee, his quiet, overweight partner who's capable of delivering brilliant raps, that wins here.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Even with a short running time (71 mins) this scrappy, unendearing squib outstays its welcome.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee is a superbly directed, brilliantly acted mock-doc that's laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee

Director Shane Meadows is no stranger to low-budget filmmaking. In fact, most of his films to date have been made with relativity tight constraints. This time around, he goes that one step further and makes an all-out, fly on the wall mockumentary, which also happens to be his third collaboration with actor Paddy Considine.
Documentary maker Shane Meadows (playing himself) follow the life of music manager Le Donk (Paddy Considine), who reckons he's unearthed a new talent in rapper Scor-Zay-Zee (Dean Palinczuk). As a slot with band The Arctic Monkeys opens up, the would-be manager and his protege hit the road to try and make a name for themselves.
If the brilliant "A Room For Romeo Brass" and "Dead Man's Shoes" were anything to go by, you'd be forgiven for getting very excited about the prospect of Meadows and Considine working together again. I know I certainly was. Unfortunately, this film isn't quite up to their previous high standards. In fairness, they've adopted a different approach but for a film with a running time of just over an hour you'd expect it to move briskly and get down to telling it's story. In the early stages it does this, with some hilarious observational humour and "kitchen sink" drama that's reminiscent of Ricky Gervais' "The Office" but the delivery soon becomes a bit stale. The idea is good, the performances are good but for a film to enter into this mould it needs to provide more laughs than it does. I'm sure it probably will appeal to many people but for me, as a big fan of Meadows, I had set my sites too high. It loses it momentum and relies too heavily on the presence of Considine and his perfect balance of ambition and desperation. He's most definitely the highlight here. However, there's only so much one man can carry. The humour and awkward situations are well captured but it essentially there isn't much of a story and becomes not much more than a showcase for real-life rap artist and freestyler Scor-Zay-Zee who's not that appealing to begin with.
An interesting, if unsuccessful, project from Meadows. He's not made many bad movies and I wouldn't say this is bad either. It's just not as eventful as it could have been.

Mark Walker
April 6, 2013
MrMarakai

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Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee isn't as fun to watch as I'm sure it was to make. Buddies, Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine look like they're having a great time but the it's all in-jokes and messing about. Meadows is a great director but I think he's making a mistake with this whole 'Make a film in seven days' manifesto business. Scorz-ayz-ee is a cool artist, up for a laugh but ultimately taken advantage of somewhat. Also, it's not very funny or particularly original. Not sure why it's praised so much? It's like he's gone back to his early work that wasn't very good and forgotten about the most recent successful films he's had, I think he's subconsciously self-destructing with the worry of selling out. I hope I'm wrong.
August 15, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Whilst this mockumentary is creative and works well and is of course Directed by one of my favourite Director/Actor pairings (Meadows/Considine), I don't feel it was quite up to the standard that each of them have quite reached previously.

Paddy is no doubt very natural in this role and everyone in the film came across as if it was a real documentary, so praise for that. There were moments that were drawn out and I'm not sure the character, was too worthy of having a documentary made of him, interesting, but a slight let down for me, because of high expectations, Paddy's performance is a good one but the film itself doesn't really deserve a great rating.
April 4, 2010
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

Small but perfectly formed. Meadows and Considine synthesize a little gem from a familiar conceit: the deluded loser with a chance at stardom. Perfectly judged dialogue reflects its genesis from years of casual development of the Le Donk character and Scor-Zay-Zee acts as an effective counter to his acerbic outbursts.
December 12, 2009
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