Men’s Show

"Men's Show" is a slapstick comedy aimed at the family. At 72 minutes, cast's non-stop mugging is (just) palatable, while 30-year-old helmer Martin Kotik shows an OK feel for physical comedy. Inoffensive nature of proceedings should spell sales to more Euro territories than usual for a Czech title, with commensurate ancillary deals to follow.

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With: Martin Dejdar, Ondrej Vetchy, Josef Abrham, Vladimir Skultety, Svetlana Nalepkova.

“Men’s Show” is a slapstick comedy aimed at the family — as long as they’re an indiscriminate bunch. At 72 minutes, cast’s non-stop mugging is (just) palatable, while 30-year-old helmer Martin Kotik shows an OK feel for physical comedy. Inoffensive nature of proceedings should spell sales to more Euro territories than usual for a Czech title, with commensurate ancillary deals to follow.

When his wife dies, successful businessman Victor (Martin Dejdar) agrees with college-age son Petr (Vladimir Skultety) that life without a woman in charge should be a breeze. Turns out they’re both forgetful klutzes, have no idea where anything is in the kitchen and can’t even dress themselves properly (Victor’s bizarrely-tied cravats rep film’s best and most subtle running gag). Things sink further upon arrival of disaster magnet Uncle Arthur (Ondrej Vetchy), whose fix-it schemes destroy the luxury apartment. It’s up to the grandchildren of neat-freak neighbor Lupinek (Josef Abrham) to set things right. Tech credits are crisp, though the cartoonish sets look fake. Pic marks first time thesps Dejdar and Abrham have appeared in same film since Jan Hrebejk’s 1993 feature debut, “Big Beat.”

Men's Show

Czech Republic

Production: A Bonton Film release of a Major K Intl. production. (International sales: Major K Intl., Prague.) Produced, directed by Martin Kotik. Screenplay, Petr Nepovim, Tomas Koncinsky, Kotik.

Crew: Camera (color), Miroslav Cvorsjuk; editor, Zdenek Rygl; music, Tomas Polak; production designer, Petr Smola. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Czech Films 2003-2004), July 8, 2004. Running time: 72 MIN.

With: With: Martin Dejdar, Ondrej Vetchy, Josef Abrham, Vladimir Skultety, Svetlana Nalepkova.

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