A tired sequel to Aussie comedy smash "The Wog Boy" (2000), "The Kings of Mykonos" mines few big laughs from the lowbrow misadventures of a Greek-Australian dimwit seeking to claim a family fortune on the sunny Hellenic isle.

A tired sequel to Aussie comedy smash “The Wog Boy” (2000), “The Kings of Mykonos” mines few big laughs from the lowbrow misadventures of a Greek-Australian dimwit seeking to claim a family fortune on the sunny Hellenic isle. The latest in a lengthy line of stage and screen “wog” (European migrant) comedies starring and co-created by Nick Giannopoulos, pic will produce boffo B.O. on its May 20 release, but fanbase word of mouth won’t be uniformly glowing. Opening in Greece on June 3, “Kings” will struggle to reign elsewhere.

Summoned from Melbourne to Mykonos on the death of his uncle, Steve Karamitsis (Giannopoulos) discovers he’s inherited beachfront property. Feeble farce ensues as slimy playboy Mihali (Alex Dimitriades) attempts to snatch the prized patch while clueless Steve gets the runaround from bureaucrats and conducts low-chemistry romance with local songbird Zoe (Zeta Makrypoulia). Script relies too heavily on culture-clash gags fresh when Giannopoulos played his first wog boy in 1987 stage revue “Wogs Out of Work,” but are shopworn by now. Vince Colosimo scores chuckles as Steve’s girl-chasing mate. Decent travelogue photography won’t harm the tourist trade. Other technical aspects are fine.

The Kings of Mykonos

Australia

Production

A Transmission, Paramount release of a Screen Australia presentation of a G.O. Films, See Saw Films production in association with Film Victoria. (International sales: Arclight, Los Angeles.) Produced by Emile Sherman, Nick Giannopoulos. Executive producers, Iain Canning, Andrew Penney. Co-producer, Sally Ayre-Smith. Directed by Peter Andrikidis. Screenplay, Chris Anastassiades, Nick Giannopoulos.

Crew

Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Mark Wareham; editor, Nicole LaMacchia; music, Amanda Brown, Nick West; production designer, Adele Flere. Reviewed at Paramount Theatrette, Sydney, May 4, 2010. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Nick Giannopoulos, Vince Colosimo, Alex Dimitriades, Zeta Makrypoulia, Cosima Coppola, Kevin Sorbo, Costas Kilias.
(English, Greek, German, Italian dialogue)
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