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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Warm, Cosy Little Film To Mark The End Of An Era., 5 Feb 2007
This review is from: The Likely Lads [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
The Likely Lads film arises from the 1970's practice of adapting popular sitcoms of the day into movies, a very dangerous thing to do for the fans of those particular shows.

The success of half hour sitcoms on television does not necessarily transfer well to film, the movie world is littered with many such failures, fortunately The Likely Lads is one of the better efforts.

It could be a coincidence that my three favourite sitcom -into- film adaptations, The Likely Lads, Porridge and Steptoe and Son Ride Again are all written by their original creators/writers, maybe that's what puts them above the rest.

The Likely Lads film isn't perfect however, it's a little unstructured and it seems to run out of steam about the 70 minute mark and a new plotline is somewhat clumsily tacked on to pad the film out a bit, also no attempt has been made to match the locations and sets to the television series to create the feeling of continuation, but then this is nothing new in feature adaptations.

The film has many good points however such as the always brilliant performances of Rodney Bewes, James Bolam and Brigit Forsyth, the directing is very good and the feeling of nostalgia for the 1970's is everpresent, and of course it marked the end of an era in that it was the last ever instalment of the Likely Lads to be filmed, so is quite historic in that respect. In short it is a warm, cosy little film perfect for those cold drizzly winter nights and for those of us that have 86 minutes to kill, really rather nice in fact.
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Initial post: 5 Sep 2011 08:23:24 BDT
"Thelma Pet, we can explain everything. Can't we, Terry?"
"Not really."
There is a wealth of pathos in Terry's reply worthy of Beckett. He is virtually saying this has happened before and will probably happen again, accepting all life's injustices with stoic fatalism. All the universal trials of human life are here and more besides. Bless.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2012 15:09:19 BDT
There are many words to describe this film, but cosy is the last one I would use. There is a bleakness and pathos at the heart of the movie, a disappointment at life that is all-pervading. This is even reflected in the scenery - drab and grey - and the weather - also drab and grey, with added rain. Despite this, it is hilarious and has some piceless dialogue. The aforementioned 'chocolate box of life' line (pinched by Forest Gump, which always gets the credit for it) and my own favourite line, 'I'd give you a beer, but I only have six cans'. Priceless.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2013 19:32:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Apr 2013 19:32:31 BDT
Mr. N Neal says:
I would totally agree! There is a bleakness and pathos in much of British comedy. It reminds many of us of the way we experience our lives and have to live.

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 17:24:21 GMT
bayman15 says:
Good review. This film spin-off worked because it didn't attempt what's now called a reboot. It knew that those watching it would be familiar with the characters and scenario, so it kept the timeline intact and can be regarded as canon with the series from which it came. A fine send-off for Bob & Terry.
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