Absolute classic that holds up brilliantly today.,
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This review is from: The Likely Lads [DVD]  (DVD)
If you're a fan of 'Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?' you'll love this. Slightly different pace to the TV series but the same humour and great characterization. This movie sees a Bob more frustrated with his life and more nostalgic for his past than the Bob of the TV series, whereas Terry has moved on a little and seems more or less content with his life and his latest girlfriend. When Thelma suggests the four of them go on caravan trip, things begin to unravel.
There was a trend in the 70s for making movies of TV sitcoms of the time. Almost all the even vaguely popular ones got one, and almost all fail to work for various reasons, (Characters too one dimensional, situations/concept not strong enough/poor reheating of the corpse of an established episode of the tv series ) This movie works beautifully because the subject matter of the TV series - the desperate desire of one man to join the middle classes and 'better himself Vs the stubborn reluctance to change or progress - is timeless. We all know a Bob and we all know a Terry. At heart, we're all probably one or the other of them. These characters never become stale because take away the gaudy seventies decor and fashions and the subjects are as relevant today as they were almost 40 years ago.
Its a very funny movie and there are some fantastically hilarious memorable lines and scenes. Many of which I would love to quote on here but dont want to ruin their impact. Bob gets most of the best lines this time around, where Terry was often the funniest in the TV series, but it balances beautifully. It also did the Forrest Gump 'Chocolate Box' analogy 20 years before and far more accurately and amusingly.
This movie deserves to be in everyone's DVD collection. Its a classic of its era that stands up brilliantly even today.