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A Few Less Men - Film Review

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Published March 5th 2017
Humor has taken the wrong turn at an intersection
Everyone who watched the 2011 comedy, A Few Best Men, knows of the Blue Mountain wedding that turned horribly wrong and was introduced to the hero, Ramsey, the sheep. The 2017 sequel, A Few Less Men, directed by Mark Lamprell promises more laughs and 92 minutes of non-stop comedy.

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A Few Less Men

In the sequel, the beautiful wedding that turned outrageous has just ricocheted to an unfortunate incident. The bridegroom David (Xavier Samuel) and his best men, Tom (Kris Marshall) and Graham (Kevin Bishop) have the heartbreaking job of transporting their friend Luke's corpse back to London after their friend suffers a fall from the cliff.

David (Xavier Samuel) who is heartbroken and feels responsible for the incident, is threatened by Luke's cousin, Henry, with dire consequences if they don't bring Luke back in one piece. A wave of events that bring good and back luck follow. You'd think it is tough to find comic moments in such a tragic event, however, screenwriter, Dean Craig, has added characters to the road trip that make this a somewhat outrageous comedy.

Bad Luck: Luke falls off a cliff

Good Luck: The fall doesn't kill Luke

Bad Luck: A stone falls on Luke and crushes him

Good Luck: David's father in law organises a private jet for them to fly back to London

Bad Luck: The jet crashes

Good Luck: Everyone survives

Bad Luck: They are in the middle of nowhere

Good Luck: They meet some young party goers who offer them a lift to the party

Bad Luck: The party host discovers Luke's body and wants to desecrate it

And so the series of luck continues. The characters of David, Tom and Graham have unique ways of expressing care, concern, happiness and sadness making their reactions to situations very different. While they are unequivocally sad about their friend's untimely death, they express grief in their own funny and probably selfish ways.

Along the way, they meet a multitude of people (in this case local Western Australians) from different walks of life, each helpful or not so helpful in getting them to their final destination.

While the movie is not one of surprises and exemplary storywriting, it is well stitched up together and delivers the laughs, albeit some cheap laughs. If I were to watch this movie, I would be aware that the jokes are treading the thin line between hilarious and ridiculous and may not be up everyone's alley. They do however manage to introduce the laughs without making it distasteful.

A Few Less Men hits the cinemas across Australia on 9th March 2017. The movie is rated MA15.

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