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Plot: Mackenzie Crook and Johnny Vegas star as the bird-chasing, self-proclaimed "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" of Birmingham in this £3 million brit-com about two lowlifes with active fantasy sex lives who deliver potatoes to various restaurants and grocers. Written by James Mackenzie Runtime: 82 min Release Date: 20 Feb 2004
I laughed continuously for the first half hour (by Johnny_Boy)
I'm not in the market for lad mags don't read 'em 'cause I don't like 'em , I like high ish brow culture, so I should have loathed this film that others have slagged relentlesly.I'll admit I was dubious about even going but having had my arm gently twisted, I was pleasantly surprised. Why? - can't really put my finger on it - maybe it's because I had a job delivering spuds to chippys once.I have read people saying it has no artistic merit and I'd tend to agree - except that it captured something I recognise from the zeitgiest of my confused and <more>
actually very different life.It was very funny , and to that extent not at all related to embarrassing 70's British Films.To read some comments one would think it was full of explict sex scenes - but unless I missed something, it isn't - less "revealing" than something you might see on Channel but much funnier.Overall I really liked it - and as with many things if that puts me in a minority - all the better.
Update on the classic '70s British sex comedy (by stig109)
What can I say... Rude, crude, lewd, in fact everything you'd want to find in a decent British sex comedy.The script, although possibly debasing and often offensive, is incredibly well crafted, and it provides a solid base for fine perfomances from the leading actors.The direction is tight and fairly well paced, the production values excellent considering the tight budget.It isn't to everyones taste, but if you like crude, in your face comedy, I highly recommend it.I went to see it on its second night, and the theatre echoed with laughter from start to finish.
Question: Could this be the worst British film in ages? Answer: Actually, no (by Lucky_C)
I went to see this the other night on the back of the Daily Mail review. I say review, I mean they were ranting about it on their front page. "Why was this film made?" they screamed, raising my interest in the film a fair bit. So that night, when my mate asked me if i felt like seeing a film, the review plus a lack of interest in anything else out at the moment prompted me to suggest this. And I saw why the Mail hated it so. Sex, smut, innuendo and general filth and depravity from the offset. And yes, I haven't laughed so much in a long time.For those wondering, I do not <more>
consider myself low brow - in fact my taste in film can border on Stalinist. I do not subscribe to the Farrelly brothers school of film gross out gross out make them barf , in fact I normally detest films of that nature. I cringe with disgust at them. So whats the difference between them and the Potato men?THE SEX LIVES OF THE POTATO MEN IS FUNNYYes, there is smut and filth. But, it's presented through a series of jokes that are funny. The cultural elite led by Mervyn Bragg may disapprove, the Mail will continue to rant for weeks about this no doubt. But who cares? This is simple humour about a group of working class lads having serious problems in their sex lives in a series of situations that I find amusing. So to answer Mr Bogule's question as to whether this is the worst British film ever - no, far from it. Go see unless easily offended.
All I expect from a comedy is that it's funny and that's what this film is. Funny.OK, so ideally in addition there would have been some emotional resonance to counter and complement the comedy and the character arcs wouldn't just, sort of, limp to a hasty conclusion but I laughed throughout and so maybe that's being too picky. People have compared this to the Carry On films and I hope Humphries is suitably horrified rather than flattered. The Carry On films severely lacked the depth, honesty and courage that Sex Lives of the Potato Men displays. I'd go as far to say Sex <more>
Lives of the Potato Men is a spot-on satire on recreational sex and the mores of the new millennium; where the seeking of new experiences is deemed more important than true intimacy and relationships. It is bizarre that by simply holding a mirror up and reflecting our society as it exists, Humphries has been villified in the media.I would strongly advise not to let middle-class metropolitan reviewers or the sexphobic moral minority or jealous bitter would-be film-makers put you off, see it for yourself and make your own mind up.
Get exactly what it says on the Tin (by fallscrape)
You'd be a liar if you rated this next to some of the 20th century greats, but figure this: It is a light hearted film where I can stand Johnny Vegas.That's a big compliment. Bizarrely this film probably touches on British life in closer ways than the film writers would admit. You have a semi-divorced guy seeking sex everywhere, someone with a weird fetish who's not afraid to tell everyone and anyone, a marriage in the middle of breakdown and a guy who'll do anything to keep his loneliness hidden from everyone.Acting isn't perfect, but the guys play their roles as if they <more>
were living them.If you've not met these people in your own real life, then you should take a harder look about.I've given it a 9 out of 10 purely for the gritty realism, but comedy wise it I'd be hard pressed to give it a 5 :-
If you believed the reviews you would think was going to be a complete howler, the truth is that it is a very funny English film. Of course it is in bad taste and it is not one for the family, but surely those of us whose humour stretches further than My Family and Last of the Summer Wine can have something to make us chuckle. I think this will be a cult film alongside Withnail and I and Snatch. The film was well written and directed, the acting was very good and there are loads of laughs. This is a blokes film and the humour is very pubby, but who gives a stuff. I am fed up having to <more>
apologise because something risqué makes me laugh.If you want a list of bad films and I mean bad then try theses1. I Robot 2. Truly Madly Deeply 3. A.I. 4. Bridget Jones DiaryOff to get my strawberry Jam and a Dead Panda
This film has been treated most unfairly.If the message of the film was 'these men are always lusting after and getting sex-isn't that great!', then I would agree with the comments about it being 'for morons' as one reviewer put it.However, these men are losers. They lust after sex, and it always goes wrong. There is no titillation involved. We are not encouraged to see them as some kind of super-studs that young lads would want to emulate.We are not laughing about sex or bodily functions, we are laughing about the ridiculous image that sex has in the media, where everyone <more>
is young, fit and beautiful, they all have orgasms every time and everyone is 'at it' day and night with no ill effects.I find it amusing that the reviewers that work for the media which promote the fake views of sex, have failed to see the point here.I must add here that it is a credit to the film-makers that they never stooped to nudity in the film. All too often we are presented with naked women in films for no apparent reason. Here it would have been more justified, but the film-makers have realised that the audience has an imagination-we don't need to watch the group sex to know that it is there etc.Overall I found this film to be extremely funny. There was no embarrassment in the audience with people feeling free to guffaw at any joke they found amusing, even if they were the only one that got it.If I were to suggest any problems with the film, I would say that some of the Tolly storyline went a bit far-I was most concerned when he brought the octopus home, for example.However it will be a long time before the image of Tolly enjoying his sandwich, whilst Johnny Vegas is trying to eat his cereal will leave my head.Final verdict Crude, but not gratuitous. Hilariously funny. Misunderstood. Not for granny.
OK, in case you hadn't guessed, this is not a film for kids or watching with your parents. However, getting a group of mates down the cinema to watch this is definitely recommended.A mate of mine came up to see me last week and suggested we go and see a film. This was the only thing on by the time we got out the door and so there was little choice in the matter. I was curious to see what Johnny Vegas would be like after 'Blackball' which I was a tad disappointed by but that's another review for another time, folks! and Mackenzie Crook after being Gareth in The Office for <more>
any Yanks . I absolutely loved it. The plot was consistent and believable enough for a sex comedy to make the scenarios that little more amusing. The characters, although necessarily exaggerated, were spot-on and the running gags had me in stitches. I will never be able to look at strawberry jam in the same way again...Johnny Vegas was his usual slightly bemused working class hero and Mackenzie Crook made a very good sidekick, showing that he really is a good comic actor without the pudding-bowl haircut.I give this **** out of *****. A thoroughly good film which will have you grimacing and guffawing in turns.P.S. On of the guys I went with thought it was the best comedy he'd seen this century. Take from that what you will...
I saw this at the cinema when it came out and had no idea it had been mauled by the critics. I laughed as much as I ever have done at a film and plenty others there seemed to find it just as funny. There are some great lines in the script and excellent performances from Mark Gatiss, Mackenzie Crook and in some ways Johnny Vegas. The attacks on the film have been ridiculous. It is not smutty. It is not a revival of Carry on or the Confessions series. It has nothing in it for teenage onanists. Every other movie coming out of Hollywood these days spends half its time ogling its stars in <more>
lingering close up. Potato Men does not contain a single scene like that, nor was anyone cast as eye candy. Quite the opposite... It shows a coarse, poor, bleak life in a coarse, bleak, but humorous way and does not try and convince anyone that we are watching the Salt of the Earth. It was probably that element that shocked the reviewers. Well received British movies like The Full Monty and Billy Elliot seem self- conscious about this issue. It is as though we have to be packaged for an imaginary American audience, who might otherwise have us down for horse riding snobs. I am not claiming it to be a masterpiece. It has some weak elements that can be attributed mainly to the episodic plot and a low budget. There is a review here from trinitybay9 that sums it up very well. There are four sections and the one concerning Tolly is quite poor. There are some excellent comedy performances in the film but Dominic Coleman's is not one of them.The real shame though is that the director is never likely to make another film. With the honourable exception of Johnny Vegas, even the cast responded gutlessly to the bad press. It is easily the best thing Mackenzie Crook has done since The Office, but he seems to consider it to be, artistically, a black mark on a CV that contains the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.