A Few Best Men

  • 15
  • Stephan Elliott (2011)
  • UK / Aus
  • 92 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Like screenwriter Dean Craig's previous film, Death at a Funeral, this (mainly) Australia-set comedy is set against the backdrop of a social function featuring a lot of people, in this case a wedding. Unfortunately, and also like the earlier movie, it's a largely unfunny blend of frantic farce and gross-out humour. Xavier Samuel plays a young Londoner who heads Down Under with his three best friends (Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop and Tim Draxl) to marry the Aussie backpacker (Laura Brent) he fell for on holiday. However, a series of unfortunate mishaps and accidents involving a prize ram, a stash of cocaine and a vengeful drug dealer threaten to derail the glitzy wedding being thrown by Brent's disapproving politician father (Jonathan Biggins). Despite the accomplished playing of talented comic performers such as Marshall, Bishop and Rebel Wilson - plus an unexpectedly naughty turn from Olivia Newton-John as the bride's mother - director Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) struggles to bring any zip to Craig's plodding, episodic script; even the bad-taste gags are rather half-hearted.

Plot Summary

An Englishman falls in love with a woman he meets on holiday in Australia, and asks her to marry him. However, he then makes the mistake of bringing three friends over to be his best men, only for the mayhem they cause to nearly destroy his marriage before it has begun. Comedy, starring Xavier Samuel, Laura Brent, Kris Marshall and Olivia Newton-John.

Cast and crew

Cast

David
Xavier Samuel
Tom
Kris Marshall
Graham
Kevin Bishop
Luke
Tim Draxl
Ray
Steve Le Marquand
Jim Ramme
Jonathan Biggins
Mia
Laura Brent
Maureen
Elizabeth Debicki
Barbara
Olivia Newton-John
Daphne
Rebel Wilson

Crew

Director
Stephan Elliott

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Disney
Guidance: 
Swearing, sexual references, drug abuse.
Available on DVD
Released 31 Aug 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy

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