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Fat Pizza

A politically incorrect comedy which starts off with fart jokes and the hero beating up disabled people in a toilet isn't going to please many film-goers, but that may not affect the B.O. prospects of Aussie spin-off "Fat Pizza." Paul Fenech's chaotic, virtually plotless, yockfest is crude but could be just what multiplex audiences are after right now.

Cast:
Pauly Falzoni - Paul Fenech Sleek the Elite - Paul Nakad Bobo Gigliotti - Johnny Boxer Davo Dinkum - Jabba (J. Davis) Habib - Tahir Bilgic Rocky - Rob Shehadie Claudia Macpherson - Annalise Braakensiek Mama Gigliotti - Maria Venuti Lin Chow Bang - Tuyen Le Magistrate - Michael Craig Ivan (serial killer) - Merv Hughes David Crockerfield - Tim Ferguson Uncle Shiba - Mario Fenech Himself - Jeff Fenech Doctor - Shane Porteous Cop - Red Symonds

A politically incorrect comedy which starts off with fart jokes and the hero beating up disabled people in a toilet isn’t going to please many film-goers, but that may not affect the B.O. prospects of Aussie spin-off “Fat Pizza,” despite the fact that the last local laffer, “You Can’t Stop the Murders,” was a flop. Paul Fenech’s chaotic, virtually plotless, yockfest is crude but could be just what multiplex audiences are after right now. Most of the jokes are just too local, however, to enable pic make a serious connection with overseas audiences.

Like the TV series on which it is based, pic centers on a pizza restaurant where buffoonish, chainsaw-wielding Italo chef Bobo (Johnny Boxer) produces fast food with cheerful disregard for hygiene. Dominated by his mother (Maria Venuti) and still a virgin, Bobo is trying to improve his sex life by arranging for an Asian mail-order bride (Tuyen Le).

Bobo employs a trio of delivery boys whose misadventures form what passes for a storyline. Paulie (played by the writer-director) makes the mistake of starting a feud with rival Ronnie McDoggie hamburger chain. Then there are Sleek (Paul Nakad), a Lebanese-Australian and shameless womanizer and newcomer Davo (Jabba).

The antics of these four characters provide the basis for this ramshackle pic which was shot on location in Sydney’s very urbanized western burbs. Local Australian political issues are cheerfully lampooned. A road sign warns: “Police Targeting Lebanese,” and when a cop is beating an Arab suspect, he gives him an extra whack, exclaiming, “This one’s for Sept. 11.” Far away in the outback, the police are more anxious to catch illegal refugees from Asia than to apprehend a ax-wielding serial killer, and there’s even an extended gag about the notorious Linda Chamberlain “dingo stole my baby” case that inspired “A Cry in the Dark.”

Protags are on a ceaseless hunt for available and beautiful women, though they usually find the available ones aren’t so beautiful. Flatulence jokes abound. Some of this is surprisingly funny, thanks to the likable personalities involved. Indeed, there’s a sweetness and innocence to a lot of the wildly undisciplined humor.

Tech credits are adequate for modestly budgeted item.

Fat Pizza

Australia

Production: A Roadshow release of a Village Roadshow presentation of Fat Pizza production. Produced by Paul Fenech, Tanith Carroll, Jeff Purser. Executive producer, Greg Basser. Directed, written by Paul Fenech.

Crew: Camera (color), Mike Kliem; editor, David Rudd; production designer, Marney Hands; sound (Dolby Digital), Andy Postle; casting, Diana Snape. Reviewed at Village Roadshow screening room, Sydney, March 25, 2003. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: Pauly Falzoni - Paul Fenech Sleek the Elite - Paul Nakad Bobo Gigliotti - Johnny Boxer Davo Dinkum - Jabba (J. Davis) Habib - Tahir Bilgic Rocky - Rob Shehadie Claudia Macpherson - Annalise Braakensiek Mama Gigliotti - Maria Venuti Lin Chow Bang - Tuyen Le Magistrate - Michael Craig Ivan (serial killer) - Merv Hughes David Crockerfield - Tim Ferguson Uncle Shiba - Mario Fenech Himself - Jeff Fenech Doctor - Shane Porteous Cop - Red SymondsWith: Bernard King, Kamahl, Krista Vendy, Vulcan the Gladiator.

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