Trailer Park Boys

  • Year:2006
  • Rating:M
  • Director:Mike Clattenburg
  • Cast:Lucy Decoutere, Mike Smith, John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells
  • Release Date:October 16, 2008
  • Distributor:Anchor Bay
  • Running time:94 minutes
  • Film Worth:$11.00
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“…big laughs…”

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It's difficult for the most accomplished of filmmakers to beat Martin Scorsese, but Mike Clattenburg and his scheming, boozing, thieving and charmingly delinquent Trailer Park Boys did just that, taking the top box office spot in their native Canada after opening on the same day as the famed auteur's Oscar-winning The Departed back in 2006. A television programme of the same name is massively successful in Canada, with millions following what the creators call their "anti-bourgeois soap opera...like COPS from the criminals' perspective". This feature film version follows the same gang of half-witted criminals from Sunnyvale Trailer Park, and tracks their misadventures between numerous stints in jail. 

Clattenburg focuses on quick-talking gang leader Ricky (Robb Wells) and his burly drunk pal Julian (John Paul Tremblay, with a drink forever in hand) as they plan the ultimate job. Essentially, they want to steal a large quantity of coins, which are untraceable, in order to set themselves up for life. Enlisting the help of their soft-natured and kitty-obsessed friend Bubbles (Mike Smith), the pair find that things hardly go to plan.

Like the television programme, the film uses a mockumentary style which includes to-camera asides and the extensive use of handhelds, somewhat resembling a rootin' tootin' version of The Office. Better, the film retains the TV programme's balance between its natural warmth and a wonderfully crass sense of fun. The characters are never degraded or glorified and - more than any half-baked plot - are the actual point of the film, as the relationship between Ricky, Julian and Bubbles sits at the epicentre of all the guns, booze and explosions, providing big laughs and legitimate narrative weight.

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