29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A great addition to the ongoing relationship,
This review is from: The Likely Lads [DVD] (DVD)
Whilst a few of the British sitcoms that were transferrred to the big screen came unstuck because they tried to throw the characters into completely different situations (Are you being served), The Likely Lads is a film that embraces all the themes that made the 'Whatever Happened to' series such a great success. The melancholy whistfulness of the romantic Bob plays brilliantly against the (often)cynical Terry as they get themselves involved in the two main plots that develop through the story. The film is a joy and anyone who felt pangs of regret at seeing the last episode of the series should be pleased to find the film is basically the equivalent of another three episodes. There is no rehashing of TV scripts, so this film is further canon for the enthusiast. The characters have moved on a little but Bob and Thelma still have their ever precarious relationship for Terry to test. For her part Thelma plays matchmaker for Terry with enlightening results. Later, when a misunderstanding leads Bob to leave his wife, or vice versa, Terry has to console his friend but it isn't long before Bob is practically forcing Terry to embrace the freedom of being single again. The two likely lads embark on the sort of activities we saw in the earliest TV series. Terry of course knows that Bob will regret it all in the morning. The film is brilliantly performed throughout and doesn't flag at all. The script, as you would expect from Clement and La Frenais, sparkles. It's a warm film that takes those moments of melancholy and regret that we have all felt and finds the humour within. I can't recommend it highly enough.