The Brothers Grimsby

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The Brothers Grimsby showers viewers with a steady stream of Sacha Baron Cohen's edgy humor, but too many gags hit the wrong side of the line between audacious and desperate.

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Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, reunites with his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong), a deadly MI6 agent, to prevent a massive global terror attack and prove that behind every great spy is an embarrassing sibling. Nobby has everything a man from Grimsby could want, including 11 children and the most gorgeous girlfriend in the northeast of England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian, who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6's deadliest assassin, but he's just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.

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Cast

Sacha Baron Cohen
as Carl 'Nobby' Butcher
Mark Strong (II)
as Agent Sebastian Butcher
Isla Fisher
as Margaret
Penelope Cruz
as Rhonda George
Rebel Wilson
as Lindsey
Ian McShane
as Commander Ledford
Gabourey Sidibe
as Banu the Cleaner
Scott Adkins
as Pavel Lukashenko
David Harewood
as Black Gareth
Sam Hazeldine
as Jeremy Chilcott
Shaun Thomas
as Skeletor
Lex Shrapnel
as Steven Marber
David James
as Jordan Beder
Rory Keenan
as James Thurbeck
Tamsin Egerton
as Carla Barnes
Johnny Vegas
as Milky Pimms
Ricky Tomlinson
as Paedo Pete
John Thomson
as Bob Tolliver
Lewis Johnson
as Young Nobby
Steve Scott
as News Reporter
Gabriel Chay Palmer
as Young Sebastian
Jorge de Juan
as Javier Alvarez
Matt Baldwin
as Fake Radcliffe
Yusuf Hofri
as Scholomo Khalidi
Rebecca Front
as Lady at Worldcure Event
Bob Cryer
as News Reporter
Peter Baynham
as Traffic Warden
Kyle Rowe
as Britney's Boyfriend
Miles Evans
as Django Unchained
Amaan Hendricks
as Gangnam Style
Mika Behrman
as Nobby's Daughter
Laura Thérèse
as Stella Artois
Janie Booth
as Shouting Woman
Paul Thornley
as Clive Graves
Joanna Bobin
as Mrs. Graves
Ryan Pickard
as Snookerball Kid
Jamie Chambers
as Assassin #1
Jamie Ben Chambers
as Assassin #1
John Bradley
as Derrick Fellner
Callum Joseph King
as Chadwick-Sanjiv
Nick Boraine
as Joris Smit
Feyi Babalola
as African Woman
Barkhad Abdi
as Tabansi Nyagura
Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi
as Receptionist
Craig Macrae
as Joris Henchman #1
Hennie Bosman
as Joris Henchman #2
Robert Wilfort
as Harold Lowsley
Clive Tyldesley
as Football Announcer #1
Andy Townsend
as Football Announcer #2
Clayton Evertson
as Young Guard
Affif Ben Badra
as Spa Therapist
Jordi Castello
as Head of Security
Michelene Deppe
as Chilean Bride
Mihhail Sibul
as Security Guard
Patrick Walton
as German Fan
Nick Sampson
as WHN Newscaster
Danny Green
as Cottee's Barman
Jamie Glassman
as Noam Popper
Alex Lowe
as Policeman #1
Miles Jupp
as Policeman #2
Mark Theodore
as Tigertail Security Officer
Alex Lanipekun
as Special Branch Agent
Sam Redford
as Officer on Megaphone
Anthony Hines
as Giles Wareham
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Critic Reviews for The Brothers Grimsby

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (31)

  • A couple of funny scenes, but it's amazing how quickly Sasha Baron Cohen's comedy has grown safe and stale.

    May 26, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Cohen, brilliant in his craftier and more avant-garde shock-humor roles, is too irritating to make this character likable, much less lovable as the story demands.

    Mar 17, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The joke at the heart of Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy The Brothers Grimsby [is] an enjoyable one, even when the film as a whole weaves between being just hilariously foul and incoherently sloppy.

    Mar 17, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Mostly, The Brothers Grimsby simply wants to make you laugh. And it will.

    Mar 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A production that fails in every way at every turn.

    Mar 15, 2016 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • His obsession with anal cavities and what goes in and comes out of them suggest Cohen is auditioning to be the after-dinner amusement at a proctologists' convention.

    Mar 12, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Brothers Grimsby

  • Apr 17, 2017
    I honestly don't think I've talked about how Borat, the movie obviously and not the titular character, is one of my favorite comedy films of all time. Like, literally, maybe top 5. Monty Python's Life of Brian would be on that list, as would be Chaplin's Modern Times and The Great Dictator. Black Dynamite is a must and then Borat. I don't know what film would end up rounding out the top 5, I'd honestly have to go take a look through all of the comedies that I've seen. The point is that Borat, as controversial as it was and, realistically speaking, still is, was really one of the great satires of, maybe, all time. It was a movie that made people uncomfortable and grossed them out, sometimes all in the same scene. But it was a movie that highlighted the type of racism that was still alive in some American communities at the time. And then Sacha Baron Cohen's career kind of exploded after that and, ever since Borat, he's certainly been trying to recapture that lightning in the bottle. Bruno wasn't as successful as Borat, which followed the same mockumentary formula, even though I still thought it was a great comedy. But there is no denying that Bruno lacked the same spark and wit that made Borat such a hit. Bruno felt like Borat, but with a gay character instead of a Jewish-hating reporter. Sacha certainly smartened up after that, as he hasn't gone back to the mockumentary formula since Bruno. He knew that, at least at the time, he was super famous and he would be recognized everywhere he went. Which is why he's tried out his hand at more straightforward comedy films like The Dictator and this one. Let me just get one thing out of the way right now, Sacha is a tremendous comedian. I really do believe that, he is a man who is willing to do absolutely anything and everything it takes for his comedy. If you haven't seen that in the films he's had a creative involvement in, then you're really not very perceptive. This movie is no different. He puts himself in situations that other comedic actors simply wouldn't even dare to. But the point I'm trying to make is that, even though he's moved on to fully scripted comedies, he's still relying on the same raunchy humor that first made him famous in Borat. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but the fact of the matter is that it just doesn't feel fresh anymore. It's been ELEVEN years since Borat and he's still using the same irreverent and controversial humor. Which is why, to me, this movie isn't even as good as The Dictator, which wasn't perfect, but it was enjoyable. And that's saying something. The idea isn't anything special and Mark Strong, who plays Cohen's brother here, is certainly game for whatever nonsense the script may have him do next. The film attempts, somewhat poorly, to tell the story of these two brothers reconnecting after Sebastian (Strong) is adopted and the abandonment issues he faces as a result. I get the idea behind the flashbacks, it shows what one would do for a person they love, but the kids aren't very good actors and the flashbacks themselves rely way too much on sentimentality. There's a bit of a disconnect between that and the rest of the movie, which is so fucking raunchy. Nobby (Sacha) has to suck out the poison out of his brother's testicle. There's a, literal elephant bukkake scene. Yes, you heard that right. Sebastian and Nobby, to escape from the villains, hide inside an elephant's vagina. One of the male elephants then fucks the female. Nobby, who says that male elephants can fuck upwards to 3 hours. To avoid this, he sticks his hand out and then he rubs the elephant's balls in order to make him ejaculate. Nobby succeeds and he makes the elephant ejaculate all over his brother. Much to their chagrin, however, more elephants start to line up for an orgy apparently. They don't show this, of course, but the next scene is both brothers in a tub trying to wash the filth off. There's also shit humor, of course, queefing, shooting kids with AIDS, who's blood is then ingested by Daniel Radcliffe, who then tests HIV positive. There's so much crazy shit in this movie that I'm honestly surprised they were able to get away with an R-rating. Like the entire testicle sucking scene goes on for quite a while and Sebastian even teabags his brother. That goes without mentioning the giant elephant dick in display and all the fake elephant cum the characters end up washed in. The problem with the film isn't that the humor is raunchy, this is what I've come to expect from Sacha. The problem is, other than the inconsistencies, that what used to be fresh and witty in Borat, now ends up feeling far more formulaic.and trite here. I will never hold it against a comedian to stick with what he or she knows best, but there's also something to be said for stepping out of the box and just trying something new. The only exploring Sacha has done is doing films that aren't his own, which he's been great in, I can't deny that. The exploring isn't applied to his own style of comedy. Which is a shame, because when Borat came out, Sacha was on the pulse of what was satirical and he exploited that to perfection in order to make one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. That's not to say that this movie doesn't have its moments, there's certainly quite a few moments that I legitimately laughed. The problem is that there's more moments here that the jokes just fall flat. The film is well-cast, they're easily the best part of the movie and they help elevate some of the script's weaker moments, like, for example, the elephant bukkake scene which, honestly, just kind of reeks of desperation. I don't really have anything else to say. This is exactly the type of movie you should expect from Sacha. Some of you will love it, some of you will hate it. I fell somewhere in the middle. Its flaws are obvious and the formulaic humor in these films are starting to weigh on me, but this is still a decent comedy. It's certainly better than the last few (live-action) movies Adam Sandler has put out. Sacha, in his sleep, could write a better movie than Sandler's goons ever could. The best joke in the entire movie, during the climax of the film, involves the current president of the United States. It was irreverent as shit and it was great. I'd recommend the movie just for that joke alone.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2016
    I probably saw the trailer to this film 30 times. By the second time, I hated it. I refused to watch it because I thought the premise was stale, the jokes looked lower than low-brow, and Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" was an abysmally unfunny, penis-shaped turd. But I truly love "Da Ali G Show", "Borat" and even "Bruno", so I felt I should give this a shot. True, a scripted Cohen is much worse than an improvised one, but whoever they got to work on this film was obviously more interested in towing the action flick line, leaving the comedic heavy lifting to Sacha, Peter Baynham (Arthur Christmas), and Phil Johnston (Zootopia). So, just to be clear, if you don't like gross/offensive humor involving poop, farts, butt-cracks, penises, scrotums, fat people, cursing, AIDS, bestiality, and incest, you won't like this film. With crappy comedies, you either can have that, or, evidently, humor that is all memes and pop culture references. Needless to say, unless you're watching a Coen brothers movie, most comedies aren't going to tickle your higher brain functions. And most modern comedies aren't written by people who thought very hard about their joke setups and punchlines, preferring to let the audience infer jokes or linger in some awkward malaise as if that is some humorous reflection of reality. This is a 90's comedy to the core, no more, no less, and on top of that, it's a much better action movie than this year's "Jason Bourne" in terms of fight choreography and set pieces. If you think you're above this class of humor, please go back to watching reruns of "The Office" and "American Dad" you mediocre, joyless dunce.
    K Nife C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2016
    There are some (emphasis on 'some') good moments in Grimsby. I sniggered twice (and would have a third time if that moment hadn't already been in the trailer) and there are a couple of surprisingly solid action sequences, primarily the ones with Mark Strong helming them. That said, I still didn't like the movie. It's oft lazy and the quote unquote "humour" is almost entirely of the gross-out variety. It's like "HEY LOOK A DICK! HEY LOOK SOME POOP! FUCK YOU GIVE US YOUR MONEY!". Must admit, I've never seen a "football hooligan/espionage/action-thriller/adult-comedy/family drama" before though.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2016
    A vile and disgusting film (which is to say a Sacha Baron Cohen film), The Brothers Grimsby is extraordinarily vulgar. Nearly all of the comedy is gross-out humor (mostly sexual) and the characters are ridiculous over-the-top. And the plot is painfully formulaic from start to finish. Going out of its way to be as offensive a possible (and then some), The Brothers Grimsby is just awful.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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