Movie Review: Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)

'Could be the lads film of the year' says the poster. Not even confident. Perfect after a cheeky Nandos.

‘Could be the lads film of the year’ says the poster. Not even confident. Perfect after a cheeky Nandos.

Now this is an incredibly weird film. On the one hand it has the best movie title of any title ever made. One the other hand it is one of those rare breed type of film that could never be made today. Not because it’s particularly good, it’s not really, but because it’s the kind of thing that would be toned down and made into a special on Dave (UK TV channel know as the home of ‘witty banter.’ Take from that what you will).

What story it has circles around, as you might have guessed, the sex lives of four friends who work as potato men. Which coincidently isn’t a real job. They deliver potato’s but ‘The Sex Lives of the Potato Delivery’ men doesn’t sound as good. What I can only seem to describe the film as, is The Inbetweeners with two sets of Neil and Jay’s in their 40s, yet still with the brain of a 13 year old.

One good thing to say is that it’s a film that’s comfortable in its skin. I think if it was made today we’d see the potato men magically jet off to Dubai and start a whirlwind romance with Scarlett Johansson. That doesn’t happen, instead they have sex on the top of shelves in the back room of a chippy, which has its own quaint charm.

Dominic Coleman who's mainly known for pulling this face in every production he's in.

Dominic Coleman who’s mainly known for pulling this face in every production he’s in.

What the film is, is funny. Johnny Vegas basically plays a version of himself, except less loud, and no one can deny that Johnny Vegas is funny. As is his cohorts played by Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Office), Mark Gattis (Sherlock) and Dominic Coleman (Trollied). They all have their own charms and each of them has scenes that will make you laugh.

That being said you do feel a bit grimy after the credits role, as if it’s you that has been committing these sexual acts in the back of a potato van. So if you’re paying more than the price of a bag of chips to watch this film then you’ve most certainly been ripped off.

On one final positive note, it does feature a cracking scene of Johnny Vegas singing a beautiful rendition of perhaps the greatest song ever, ‘Come on Eileen’ by Dexy Midnight Runners

5/10.

 

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