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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem
Wow, what a great find this comedy drama is. How it seems to have sunk without a trace is quite beyond me - fans of Steve Coogan may know that he says on the 'A Cock and Bull Story' commentary that this one-off has never been repeated and he can't understand why. Perhaps the greatest enjoyment of this show is how easy it is to relate to. For anyone who has ever been a fan...
Published on 14 Jan 2010 by bug

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
Having previously enjoyed A Cock and Bull Story and The Trip, this sounded absolutely hilarious. Sadly I didn't find it all that funny. It was mildly amusing in general with the Sherlock Holmes in Miami idea pretty funny. It all just seemed a bit too crap really. Apart from the title sequence the Children of Castor stuff was pretty lame.

It's OK but not a patch...
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by Mr Gordon Davidson


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem, 14 Jan 2010
This review is from: Cruise of the Gods [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Wow, what a great find this comedy drama is. How it seems to have sunk without a trace is quite beyond me - fans of Steve Coogan may know that he says on the 'A Cock and Bull Story' commentary that this one-off has never been repeated and he can't understand why. Perhaps the greatest enjoyment of this show is how easy it is to relate to. For anyone who has ever been a fan of anything and obsessively followed their heros and collected every scrap of information about them, this is the show for you! The cast are uniformly excellent with James Corden providing the emotional heart of the drama and David Walliams perfectly personifying the slightly creepy sci-fi obsessive. Be warned if you are buying this on the basis of Steve Coogan, his screentime is limited. However, when Coogan is on screen he is magnificent, providing some of the funniest moments with his Children of Castor appearances. However great everyone else is, this show belongs to Rob Brydon who owns it from the moment he appears on screen. Brydon gives a remarkably complex performance, being both extremely unlikeable and also sympathetic at the same time. For Coogan and Brydon fans there is great fun to be had seeing them both play against type and against the image of them portrayed in the media. Coogan is warm, kind, enthusiastic and generous. In contrast, Brydon is frustrated, unpleasant and arrogant. It is also great to see Brydon get the chance to play a womaniser, who even resorts to wearing his old Children of Castor costumes to get a fan into bed! Overall a fantastic programme, well worth watching.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Changing....., 4 July 2003
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If you're expecting a Steve Coogan centric film then you'll be disapointed I would estimate he appears in about one-third of the film
Even if you've never dipped a foot into the water that is genre TV then you'll recognize many of the images. Fans dressed up as characters, fan-written episodes, seminars upon the hidden meaning of episodes.
Rob Brydon plays the former star of an 80's Scifi show -the effects and costumes bear an uncanny similarity to Blakes 7- who is now a hotel porter. In a bid to escape his life he grudgingly takes up an invitation to join a fan cruise for fans of the series, he's joined by the writer and someone who only ever appeared in the opening credits.
However despite (or maybe because of) his lowly real life it doesn't stop him taking on the airs of a prima-donna once he joins the cruise. However his bubble is somewhat burst when Steve Coogan his co-star (and now a major star in Hollywood) joins.
Of course it wouldn't be British if there wasn't a large amount of tragedy to say to who and in what way would be to spoil the film.
Well worth it if only to see Coogan playing a cop in his US series (conveniently filming its "special" episode over in Europe)
One extra I heartily recommend is "Steve Coogans Runner" a short film about the behind the scenes happenings including a ship wreck and the sight of two male stars sharing not only the same room but the same bed!!!
Heartily recommend this film to all
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing, 26 Jun 2012
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Having previously enjoyed A Cock and Bull Story and The Trip, this sounded absolutely hilarious. Sadly I didn't find it all that funny. It was mildly amusing in general with the Sherlock Holmes in Miami idea pretty funny. It all just seemed a bit too crap really. Apart from the title sequence the Children of Castor stuff was pretty lame.

It's OK but not a patch on the aforementioned titles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars, 20 April 2013
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This film, while not the best or the most funny that I've seen, is entertaining enough to garner a recommendation. Great for 90 minutes, especially if you don't expect too much. The Children of Castor sequences are hilarious, and David Walliams was great as the weirdo fanboy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good cast and personalities, 23 Mar 2012
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Usual, reliable fare from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan. Both engaging personalities who generally star in quirky, funny stories. This is no exception.

Rob plays a rather selfish, defensive, over-the-hill former star of a children's science fiction TV series, The Children of Castor from the 90's. Being out of work (except for an appearance on Casualty while doing his present job as a hotel porter), he accepts a fan-cruise along with other stars of the series. He is subjected to the usual fawning of his fans, photo sessions, signing of posters, etc.

He encounters singer Jack Jones, who is entertaining on the same boat. Also Steve Coogan, a rather more successful former star of the series, now in America -- with lovely young American starlet in tow, who plays the character with his usual cynicism and dry wit. There is a funny sequence when Rob joins the cast of Sherlock Holmes in Miami, in which Steve now stars.

But there are serious moments as well, as when one of the older members of the cast reveals he is ill, and when Rob encounters the result of his philandering when he was a star. Rob learns a few lessons along the way and it seems the future may be a bit brighter. Bittersweet.

An imminently watchable feature with two likeable and good-looking stars, and supported by a wonderfully sympathetic cast of characters.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sterling cast but a bit long winded in places, 29 Jun 2008
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The cast of this one off comedy film reads like a Who's Who of today's TV movers and shakers. Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, David Walliams, and Man of the moment James Corden all star in a multi layered tale of hero worship. Rob Brydon's charcater used to be in a series called Children of Castor and it is the fans of this fictional cult series that pursue him so reverently. There are various sub plots firing off in different directions but it has to be said, it would have really benefited from some ruthless editing. Two thirds of the way through I started reading a magazine.

Interesting backstory- if you have read Russell Brand's Booky Wook, you will know that he too was on this cruise during his heavy drug user period and he and David Walliams admittetd on TV that they didn't hit it off at their first meeting during this film, but are on good terms now Brand is drug free. He has a brief cameo as a fan and you can see the difference in his appearance.

All the ingredients are here: the parody of Sci Fi fans (the humour is a little in the vein of Galaxy Quest in places), great cast, great setting, good plot, but it doesn't completely gel. I would reiterate that it sags in the middle like an overdone pudding and began to feel like a mini series. Had it been more slicky and concisely plotted (unlike this review!) I would have given it four stars. Worth a look though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 1 Nov 2013
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I am a huge fan of both Coogan and brydon but this is the worst drivel that has ever been put to screen. Appalling. Worst of all is James Corden who literally cannot act. Do not buy this!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last word on fan worship - and one of the funniest one-offs ever, 16 Aug 2007
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If you've ever been a fan of anything - a football team, a band, a film star - but particularly anything vaguely SF (and not 'sci-fi', of course - that's for civilians), this masterpiece will have you laughing out loud, even though you realise you're laughing at youself!

Yeah, I've been there! My friend Paul used to organise Doctor Who conventions. Every element of this is totally recognisable - but it also makes a very serious point about a star's obligation to his fans.

The superb Rob Brydon plays a down-on-his-luck ex-actor, whose one shot at the big time, long squandered away, was in a Tomorrow People-meets-Blake's Seven type tv series called Children of Castor, high-concept science fiction on a bargain-basement budget (just like Doctor Who used to be before its recent renaissance, in fact). Deciding to appear as guest-of-honour on a fan cruise (strictly for the money, of course), he finds his past catching up with him, particularly when his co-star confronts him with his ridiculous degree of success on the woeful but extremely popular Sherlock Holmes in Miami (Steve Coogan, playing against type as the nicest human being imaginable).

The entire cast is wonderful , with special praise due to James Corden (is he gay or does his obsession with the star mean something else?) and Philip Jackson (best known as Poirot's Inspector Japp, here playing the embittered alcoholic writer who, at one point reveals that the names of all the characters in the tv series were anagrams of curries).

Just the use of music from the seventies makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end: It's A Knockout; New Faces ('you're a star, you're a star'...)

Brilliant writing by Tim Firth, who also wrote the hit West End Madness musical Our House - everything about this DVD is just perfect!
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Brydon!, 22 Nov 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyable. Take it in the vein that is meant. Superb performances by Brydon (sorry, Coogan's not as a good an actor, he's brilliant at his own stuff of course) and James Corden ( I have to disagree with other criticisms here). Brydon is a cynical down-on-his-luck actor that's asked to relive his corny sci-fi 1980 serial role on a cruise for fans of the aforementioned. If you like Hollywood blood and guns fests then steer clear, if you like English irony, gentle self-denigration and nostalgia then indulge.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cruise of the Gods, 5 Feb 2011
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I missed this little gem when it was originally shown. It's not bad. Not bad at all.
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