Grimsby (2016)

casting cardDirector: Louis Leterrier

Writer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, Peter Baynham (Screenplay) Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston (Story)

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Rebel Wilson, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Johnny Vegas, Scott Adkins, Penelope Cruz, Gabourey Sidibe


Plot: A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Just Awful


Story: Grimsby starts as we meet council estate football hooligan Nobby (Cohen) who has a large family but has been searching for his long lost brother Sebastian (Strong) his whole life. Sebastian is a secret agent working for MI6.

When Nobby learns that Sebastian is still alive he finds him in the middle of a mission and accidently makes Sebastian the prime suspect in a terrorist attack which is really being run by Rhonda George (Cruz). Reluctantly the two have to work together to clear Sebastian’s name and keep Nobby’s family safe.

Grimsby is an action comedy story that understands that it is happy to parody plenty of films. The problem is the parody gets lost in the humiliating grossed out comedy that is going on. The secret agent stuff is passable but sadly the comedy kills any of this. So many of the scenes in this film come off awkward and the only remotely good thing about this movie is that villain plans could make sense.


Actor Review


Sacha Baron Cohen: Nobby is a football hooligan living in the council estates in Grimsby who has always kept hope that his brother will return to his life. When he finds out about his brother he finds himself having getting in his brother’s way and having to take part in the latest mission. Sacha is an actor I believe has all the talent in the world but he keeps doing all these awful roles.

Mark Strong: Sebastian is the slick spy that has been working on his latest mission when Nobby interferes making him the prime suspect. He wants to clean his name but has to work with his idiot brother leaving him having to face his hardest mission to date. Mark is an actor I have huge respect for but I found myself wondering why on Earth he took this role that fully embarrasses him.

Rebel Wilson: Dawn is the girlfriend of Nobby, she is the perfect match for him without being anything to involved. Rebel is nothing but a supporting character not getting the time needed on camera to make anything happen.

Penelope Cruz: Rhonda is the famous face planning the attack, while her plan is one of the better ones from a villain we barely even get to see her character on screen. Penelope is one of the few highlights but she just doesn’t get the time to shine.

Support Cast: Grimsby has a supporting cast all designed to add extra laughs through the different situations our character finds themselves in.

Director Review: Louis LeterrierLouis does try his best with a poor script but this film won’t leave him with a good reputation in comedy.


Action: Grimsby has very simple action that doesn’t add anything to the story.

Comedy: Grimsby doesn’t hit any good comedy marks in my eyes with most being crude throughout.

Settings: Grimsby throws the characters into random location which well don’t get used well enough.
Special Effects
: Grimsby has lazy effects that just don’t work and are awkward throughout.

Suggestion: Grimsby is one to avoid at all costs. (Avoid)


Best Part: Villain’s plan.

Worst Part: Where do I start?


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Yes


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

Tagline: Behind every hero is an embarrassing sibling


Overall: Dentist treatment is more enjoyable than this film.





Blackball (2003)

logoDirector: Mel Smith

Writer: Tim Firth (Screenplay)

Starring: Paul Kaye, James Cromwell, Alice Evans, Bernard Cribbins, Johnny Vegas, Vince Vaughn, Imelda Staunton, James Fleet


Plot: Cliff (Kaye) is a loud mouth, fingers up to the rules bowler who eventually get banned by his local club by old school bowler Ray (Cromwell). After hearing about this American sports agent Rick (Vaughn) helps changes Cliff’s ways to make the image of the bad boy of bowls, but at a cost. This leads him to team up with Ray to take on the old enemy from down under the Australians.  


Verdict: First the only Bowls film?

Story: Let’s face it a film about lawn bowls isn’t going to bring in a crowd without a good story. This has a good story that reflects the real world view on bowls, full of rules that are for older generation. Cliff represents the new young generation that wants to just give a sport a go his way because everything has always been against him. The story also shows that however big you become you should remember the people that were there when you first started. (7/10)


Actor Review: Paul Kaye – Cliff the young man from the wrong side of town or thinks because he is from the wrong side of town will never get a chance to play the game he loves. Good performance that he gets to have a lot of fun with. (8/10)


Actor Review: James Cromwell – Ray the champion bowler who knows the rulebook inside out and that has total respect from his fellow club members. Perfect choice for the role in Cromwell, as he can play this role without any effort. (9/10)


Actor Review: Alice Evans – Kerry, Ray’s daughter and Cliff’s love interest who gets caught up in their rivalry. This character doesn’t make too much sense but Alice plays it well. (7/10)


Actor Review: Johnny Vegas – Trevor Cliff’s best friend who he gets up to all sorts of trouble with, but their friendship gets tested by Cliff’s new found success. Vegas does what he does well and makes us have the laughs.  (8/10)


Actor Review: Vince Vaughn – Rick the sports agent who makes Cliff the star and saves bowls from cancellation on TV. This is one of the first times Vince played a quick talking wise arse which he is well known for now. (8/10)


Director Review: Mel Smith – Good direction throughout the film to make a nice entertaining comedy. (8/10)


Comedy: Not the most laugh out loud but good for a few laughs. (6/10)

Believability: This is based on a true story of a player who got banned for writing tosser on a score card. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Torquay makes a great setting for this film. (9/10)

Suggestion: It would be hard to talk someone into watching this but as I am from a family that has played bowls for my whole life I see more humour in certain parts of it. I think even if you think bowls isn’t a sport for you, you should give it a go you may enjoy it. (Try It)


Best Part: The dinner after Cliff gets banned

Worst Part: The rules.

Funniest Scene: The dinner scene.

Trivia: Johnny Vegas was the only cast member who knew how to bowl and he doesn’t do any.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No


Overall: British Bowls Comedy Fun

Rating 70