Australian comic Yahoo Serious’ second outing, produced on a far larger budget, is full of ideas and nonsense but short on geniune laughs and zest.
Starting from the engaging premise that the spirit of Australia’s legendary outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80) lives on in one of his descendents, Serious puts the new Ned Kelly (himself) and family on an island paradise.
Kelly motorbikes to Sydney, where he robs the bank owned by evil Sir John (Hugo Weaving), who hires Brit military expert Alexei Sayle and plots to sell Kelly’s island to the Japanese. Needing a quick $1 million, Kelly heads for the ‘land of opportunity for outlaws,’ America, accompanied by actress girlfriend Robin Banks (get it?), charmingly played by Melora Hardin. In Hollywood, they are spotted by schlock producer (John Pinette) and starred in a Vegas-based B-picture.
There are a lot of ideas here and a brash, go-for-it style. But star-helmer-co-writer-editor-designer Serious seems to have taken on too many chores: his own perf suffers and the script continually builds to punchlines that, when they come, fall flat.