Louis Leterrier (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Sacha Baron Cohen's latest comic creation is a working-class buffoon from Humberside whose reunion with his long-lost brother (Mark Strong) pitches him into the high-stakes world of international espionage. With his Liam Gallagher haircut, tattoos, England football shirt and nine children, Nobby Butcher is a grotesquely exaggerated working-class cliché, and the film seeks to combine laughter and action while placing him in a fish-out-of-water adventure with Strong's straight-faced super-spy - the sibling who was taken out of care and raised by posh parents. While the James Bond-style international set pieces prove functional, the remainder too often mistakes extreme vulgarity for genuine wit (one safari sequence virtually beggars description), while saddling comedienne Rebel Wilson and Precious star Gabourey Sidibe in thankless one-joke roles. Throughout, Baron Cohen treads a fine line of standing up for the disenfranchised while relentlessly mocking the exploits of the underclass. It's hard to know whether he's laughing with or at his characters when there are so few laughs at all.


Two brothers are separated at birth, the younger growing up to be MI6's top agent while the older becomes a layabout football hooligan. When they are finally reunited, the dim-witted elder sibling ends up helping his brother foil an evil plan that threatens the entire world. Action comedy, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong and Rebel Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Norman "Nobby" Butcher Sacha Baron Cohen
Sebastian Mark Strong
Jodie Figgis Isla Fisher
Dawn Grobham Rebel Wilson
Banu the maid Gabourey Sidibe
Marianne Annabelle Wallis
Director Louis Leterrier
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuseAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Feb 2016
Comedy Drama