A Few Best Men (2012)

A Few Best Men (2012)

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A 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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NR
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Xavier Samuel
as David Locking
Laura Brent
as Mia Ramme
Olivia Newton-John
as Barbara Ramme
Kevin Bishop
as Graham
Tim Draxl
as Luke
Rebel Wilson
as Daphne Ramme
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Critic Reviews for A Few Best Men

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (1)

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.'

Full Review… | August 28, 2012
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

Vulgar, trite comedy filled with drug use and sex.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2015
Movie Chambers

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.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Quickflix

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Full Review… | January 21, 2013
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for A Few Best Men

½

Australia's version of American Pie, only w UK actors, and better. Minor plot and dialog issues, but overall its not really meant to be mindblowing- just a 80s homage to teen disaster movies.

Jason Kraynek
Jason Kraynek
½

Not as terrible a movie as was to be expected considering that all it is is a series of worsening gross-out skits. Do not come into this movie expecting anything more than a dudebro film with a lot of raunchiness attached to it. There's not much of a story, none whatsoever to speak of, other than David's parents having died and him wanting to be part of a family, even though he hasn't realized that his 'bros' have been his family all along. That's essentially all there is to the film's narrative. Minimal stuff honestly and it's not like they play it up throughout the entire film, just bits and pieces near the end of it. Dick jokes? Check. Shit jokes? Check. Misunderstandings with drug dealers? Check. Gay jokes? Check. Australian stereotypes? Check. Culture clashes? Check. Something nearing animal cruelty that's played for laughs? Check. Please stop me if you've seen any one of these things more than once. It is ever R-rated raunchy comedy that you've ever seen. It's not worse than the worst one, not by a country mile, but it obviously isn't any good. It has its moments, like almost every bad film has. but those don't amount to nearly enough to make the film good. The problem is that, much like these films, it's honestly a series of skits completely unrelated to the wedding that's going all around them. They try to convince you otherwise, but you know what's really going down. You could take all the gross-out skits, put them into a video compilation, without the context of the "story" and it would be the same exact movie we got WITH the context of the story and the characters. And that's fine, but don't be surprised when people don't really find your film all that good. That's why I think films like Superbad, or even This Is The End, work in a dual fashion. You actually get some well thought-out raunch, you also do get some surprising character development about friendship and the connection you have to these people that, in some cases, you've grown up with your entire lives. This film copies the raunchier aspects but negates copying the most important thing and that is the heart. As I mentioned, it's not like I thought that this was awful, or even close to the worst film I've ever seen, but it's just an exercise in laziness and I just don't care for that. Much like Barbecue, it's the type of film that's more fun to shoot than it is to watch. It's even more pronounced here than it ever was in Barbecue. Can't exactly recommend it, but there's worse stuff out there.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] 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.

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