Lionsgate // 2005 // 85 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge Rafael Gamboa (Retired) // June 8th, 2007
"Friends for Life. Stupid Forever."
This is an "off-the-wall" Australian comedy about Jeffrey (Agnus Simpson) and Phillip (Nathan Phillips), best mates who collect unemployment and spend their days watching their favorite soap opera and admiring their beautiful trailer park neighbor (Rachel Hunter) -- until one day it all comes crashing down. The government forces them to work, their soap opera is cancelled, and their park is about to plowed over to make room for a freeway. You and Your Stupid Mate follows their struggle to overcome these odds, and attempts to make you laugh in the process.
This movie somehow manages to not be excruciatingly awful. It seems like it has the potential to turn into a Dumb and Dumber ripoff, but it stays pretty far away from doing that. Perhaps the Australian standards for "stupid" are much higher than ours, for though they advertise the two main characters of this flick as lacking gray matter, they are quite literate and decently intelligent human beings. Yes, they may do silly things here and there, but for the most part they're quite normal people. They may lead simple, carefree, even childish lives, but this is what makes them relatively endearing. And because the film manages to make these two guys likable on some level, it keeps the film afloat, for what it's worth.
However, this is not enough. This is supposed to be a comedy, but the film just doesn't provide the laughs. In fact, it doesn't seem too terribly interested in doing so. Like the soap opera depicted in the movie, You and Your Stupid Mate seems to limp wearily to the finish line. It tries a few half-hearted gags every now and again, and then moves on. It tries to keep one or two running jokes, but doesn't really try to improve them or build on them too much with each iteration. All this film wants to do is end, neatly wrapping everything up just in time for the credits, and then go home.
The good thing about this is that the film ends up moving at an easy-going, comfortable pace. It never lingers too long on anything, it never hurries elsewhere; it just jogs along, humming contentedly to itself. That and the fact the movie generally steers clear of gross-out numbskull "humor" make the movie fairly easy to watch. Nothing is overdone to the point of aggravation -- however, nothing is ever explored to a satisfactorily humorous level, either. Ideas that could have lead to hilarious results are merely touched upon and then left behind. The jokes are weak and spread out, and not particularly imaginative either. The film has a better chance of lulling you to sleep than making you laugh.
The DVD is as lightweight as the film it carries. It has a handful of previews for other movies, but none for itself. And that's it, really. Not even a commentary track or anything relating to the movie itself. At least it has subtitles in a language other than English.
Overall, the court finds this DVD too bland to merit even a rental.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 85 Minutes
Release Year: 2005
MPAA Rating: Rated R
* Lionsgate Previews