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Prurient, better suited to small screen
on 17 July 2008
It's funny (not the film), but I remember Ali G being funnier than this film. I used to catch his television show occasionally and I thought that his pranks with (usually elderly) minor celebrities and politicians were funny. Short bursts of this character are funny. He should have remained just one character in a sketch show.
The trouble with this film is that (a) it's long and (b) there are no 'real' unsuspecting people pulled into his act. The beginning is too weird, the middle is a bit boring (I left the room a few times without pressing pause), but it does pick up a little at the end when things start to happen.
I also did wonder that this only has a 15 certificate given its lewd nature. I only mean compared to other films' certificates. Of course children even younger than 15 have heard it all before and much worse at school. But surely there's an argument to be had about consistency in applying the rules.
Lastly, it's good to see current faces popping up in minor roles 'all over the shop'. I noted actors from EastEnders, The Office, etc. They've since moved on to better things (and worse again, in some cases). Three stars.