Originally Published on Salty Popcorn - You Can Find Several Other Reviews By Jack Dignan Here As Well
Picking up mere moments after the last film, our three scumbag heroes, David (Xavier Samuel), Tom (Kris Marshall) and Graham (Kevin Bishop), are in search of their friend Luke after having fallen off a cliff in the first film’s closing minutes. As expected, Luke is dead. Very dead, as a matter of fact. Upon hearing the news, Luke’s brother Henry (Ryan Corr), a man with a short temper and even shorter patience, is, unsurprisingly, enraged. He demands they bring Luke’s body back home to England immediately, or else they’ll be joining their recently deceased best friend in the afterlife.
The simple fact of the matter is that A FEW LESS MEN just really isn’t funny. There’s a few small chuckles here and there, mostly due to the sheer stupidity of the situations and unexpected un-comfortableness frequently found throughout, but not one of the jokes is memorable. I’m trying my hardest to delve deep into my memory and recall what some of the jokes I laughed at were, but none are coming to mind. As a matter of fact, not even any of the bad ones are coming to mind either. This is a film so poor and so uninteresting that it’s been but a week and I’m already struggling to remember it.
As chaos ensures, and an overabundance of boner jokes are made, it won’t take long before you sit in your seat and ask yourself ‘is all this really happening?’ Australia may have a strange, often distasteful sense of humour, but was it ever this bad? A FEW LESS MEN was 92mins of agonizing pain for my eyes, ears and soul. It digs deep into the worst sort of humour possible, yet it seems sort of proud of that. It’s proud to be sexist and it’s proud to cross the line, seemingly without any regard for its audience’s wellbeing. The only time this film works is when it takes it back a notch, pleasing not necessarily a PC crowd, but at least one with a respectful sense of humour.
As for the newcomers, Aussie favourite Ryan Corr is the most recognisable face. But despite that recognition, this film feels below him. He’s starred in countless Australian films before, ranging from moving War drama THE WATER DIVINER to hit horror sequel WOLF CREEK 2, yet his performance in A FEW LESS MEN, while clearly a bit of fun to perform, is over the top and irritable. He’s just really not good, yelling and screaming his way to the closing credits. Shane Jacobson is even worse as Mungus, a scene best left unmentioned, and as for everyone else…. I don’t even know what to say. 95% of the female cast, as little of them as there are, are played out as sex objects with one goal in mind: sleeping with the main characters. It’s a waste of the entire cast’s time and obvious talent.
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