Bigga than Ben

2008

Bigga than Ben

Critics Consensus

Bigga Than Ben is offensive and maybe slightly misogynistic, but still a provocative and crass slice of immigrant life in London.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5

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Two aimless but good-natured Moscow youths attempt to avoid military service by traveling to London, only to find that life in the United Kingdom capitol isn't so easy when you're a flat-broke illegal immigrant. Cobakka (Ben Barnes) and Spiker (Andrei Chadov) are confident that they will find success in the shadow of Big Ben, so they leave their hometown of Moscow behind in order to pursue their dreams of success in a foreign land. But while Cobakka and Spiker may not be born criminals, they aren't above pulling off a scam or two in order to make a buck. Upon arriving in London, this pair of likeable rogues repeatedly finds that in a dog-eat-dog world, they are usually the ones served up on a silver platter. The rules of the game are much different in London than they were back in Moscow, yet despite their most sincere efforts to get with the program, Cobakka and Spiker always seem to wind up two steps backward for each stride ahead.

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Critic Reviews for Bigga than Ben

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  • Relentlessly crass, smug, charmless and unedifying.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The performances are spiky, the use of varied locations is fresh and the dialogue - 'How could I ever imagine that I, a Moscow hooligan and Nazi would become a negro lover?' - is warmingly non-exemplary.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • This lively comedy feels like about half a movie, as the inventive Borat-like hilarity runs out of steam after about an hour

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Bigga Than Ben is small-scale, episodic and not without its sins of omission. But it looks as if it speaks the truth and is considerably more entertaining and thought-provoking than most of the week's other offerings.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • It tails off into a confusing ending, but Bigga Than Ben is still honest, funny and provocative enough to wind up Daily Mail and Guardian readers alike.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Where she's less sure is the disintegration of the friendship between Spiker and Cobakka. It's less than convincing and strangely unaffecting because - to be brutally honest - they're both a pair of neo-Nazi gits.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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