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Published July 4th 2016
Shocking And Vulgar
There are many types of humour. But Sacha Baron Cohen always seems to go for shock value. Grimsby (2016, rated MA 15 +) is no different. In fact the shock value in this British spy action comedy is at an all time high. Often the plot is far-fetched, and coupled with strong, crude sexual humour makes this film both hilariously funny and woeful at the same time. No wonder it failed at the box office.
The by-line on the DVD cover reads "One secret agent. One complete idiot." Just how big an idiot is Nobby (played by Sacha Baron Cohen)? Well, the tattoo on his chest reads 200016 instead of 2016. The cast also includes Rebel Wilson, Mark Strong, Penelope Cruz, and Isla Fisher. But even their performances are not enough to save this film.
The film starts with a bang in Nobby's behind and ends the same way. But of all of Sacha's characters, Nobby would have to be the most likeable. He may act like the village idiot but he ends up an unlikely hero. He is the one who shows that it is family (and soccer) which binds us together. He never loses hope that one day he will find his lost brother.
The flashbacks to Nobby's childhood are particularly poignant and reveal his great love for his brother Sebastian. After a family tragedy, the two brothers are separated and Sebastian becomes an MI6 agent while Nobby lives in the fishing village of Grimsby as a simple family man with nine children living off welfare.
Comedy always offers a unique perspective on things, none more so than the elephant scene in this film. Once you watch it, you will never be quite the same again. One wonders how on earth someone could have thought up such a scene, let alone use it in a film! It is the ultimate in shock value. I rate this film 5 out of 10.