Review: ‘You and Your Stupid Mate’

Oz laffers continue to stretch their strained friendship with auds Down Under in "You and Your Stupid Mate," a stultifyingly unfunny slacker comedy that plays like a rejected sitcom pilot. While humor can often thrive on viewers' perceived superiority to dumb characters, this pic exudes an off-putting superiority by its creators as they try to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

Oz laffers continue to stretch their strained friendship with auds Down Under in “You and Your Stupid Mate,” a stultifyingly unfunny slacker comedy that plays like a rejected sitcom pilot. While humor can often thrive on viewers’ perceived superiority to dumb characters, this pic exudes an off-putting superiority by its creators as they try to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Local B.O. is likely to be the bare minimum, and an abundance of local references and in-jokes will further hamper film’s international chances.

Buddies Jeffrey (Angus Sampson) and Phillip (Nathan Philips) find themselves in a quandary when their favorite soap is axed, their unemployment benefits are rescinded and a freeway is slated to pass through their trailer park. Gags fall flat as the dumb duo infiltrates the set of their tube favorite and fail at a number of jobs allocated by an unsympathetic welfare bureaucrat (William McInnes). Film’s inadequacies are amplified by garish performances and, though direction by Marc Gracie is adequate, the generally high-level tech credits are flawed by occasional sloppiness (visible sound equipment, shadows cast by crew members).

You and Your Stupid Mate

Australia

Production

A Macquarie Bank, Nine Network Film and TV Fund and Film Finance Commission presentation, in association with Film Victoria. (International sales: Lightning Entertainment, Los Angeles.) Produced by Marc Gracie, David Redman. Executive producers, Jennifer Hughes, Posie Graeme-Evans, Bryce Menzies. Directed by Marc Gracie. Screenplay, Dave O'Neil, Mark O'Toole.

Crew

Camera (color), Justin Brickle; editor, Michael Collins; music, Craig Bryant; production designer, Penny Southgate. Reviewed at Hoyts Theatrette, Sydney, March 9, 2005. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Nathan Philips, Angus Sampson, Samir Malik, Rachel Hunter, Madeleine West, William McInnes.

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