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New Kids Turbo

This loud, lame, desperately offensive tale tracks the contempo misadventures of some provincial lads whose hair and clothes are stuck in the '90s.

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With: Steffen Haars, Flip van der Kuil, Huub Smit, Tim Haars, Wesley van Gaalen, Nicole van Nierop, Bart de Rijk, Ruud Matthijsen.

Antisocial behavior and gross-out gags have often been a boon for Dutch laffers (think “Flodder”), and tube-to-film adaptation “New Kids Turbo,” from thesp-scribe-helmers Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil, is no different. This loud, lame, desperately offensive tale tracks the contempo misadventures of some provincial lads whose hair and clothes are stuck in the ’90s but whose ways are straight from the Paleolithic Era. Local Comedy Central presentation sold 1.1 million tickets in the Benelux, and could further cash in on aud cravings for zero-IQ entertainment in other northern Euro territories.

After losing their employment benefits, five village-idiot losers (Haars, van der Kuil, Huub Smit, Tim Haars, Wesley van Gaalen) decide to simply stop paying for anything at all. Nonstop femme-unfriendly swearing is the least of these bums’ sins; gays, mentally handicapped and Jews are all in for frequent, far-too-facile ribbing. Run-ins with the police, “Jackass”-like stunts and nudity are also on the haphazardly plotted menu. However, neat special effects and widescreen lensing do instill a bigscreen feel. Intentionally derivative old-Hollywood score by Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) neatly contrasts with deejay Paul Elstak’s happycore songs on the soundtrack.

New Kids Turbo

Netherlands

Production: A BFD release of an Eyeworks, Comedy Central presentation of an Eyeworks, Inspire Pictures production, in association with Dutch Media Pictures. Produced by Reinout Oerlemans, Hans de Weers, Sim van Veen. Executive producers, Ronald van Wechem, Maarten Swart. Co-producers, Steffen Haars, Flip van der Kuil, Gijs Kerbosch. Directed, written by Steffen Haars, Flip van der Kuil.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Joris Kerbosch; editor, van der Kuil; music, Tom Holkenborg; art director, Elza Kroonenberg; costume designer, Minke Lunter. Reviewed at Pathe De Kuip, Rotterdam, Feb. 5, 2011. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: Steffen Haars, Flip van der Kuil, Huub Smit, Tim Haars, Wesley van Gaalen, Nicole van Nierop, Bart de Rijk, Ruud Matthijsen.

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