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The funniest take on British (low) life in years,
This review is from: Raw Sex-The Movie [VHS] (VHS Tape)
A classic. This is one of the funniest and most overlooked pieces of comedy stupidity of recent years.
Simon Brint and Rowland Rivron play the parts of a soft-spoken father-in-law and his non-achieving, pisshead son trying to scrape a living as the inoffensive lounge bar act Raw Sex. Kind of like an even more tragic Steptoe & Son (without the biliousness). A terrific supporting cast populate a cloyingly seedy (but never threatening) London, creating a perfect snapshot of everything naff about British life. Particular favourites include Reg Prince - a simple-minded puppeteer, and Johnny Blackpool - a psychotic cab driver suffering from Falklands flashbacks. According to Mark Benton (who plays a karaoke-singing) barman, nearly all the dialogue was improvised which explains the great sense of realism and authenticity.
The storyline sees the troubled and difficult resurrection of a big-band whose members perished in a plane crash years ago. Ken Bishop (bandleader and last surviving member) eventually agrees to re-record one of the band's hits for a rubber glove TV commercial. But the plot is merely an excuse to affectionately showcase the unfashionable glitterball cabaret circuit as well as the aforementioned cast of oddballs and no-lifes. Special mention must go to the portrayal of the advertising industry - it's spot-on... Anybody who's ever sat in a meeting with ad world 'creatives' is in for a treat as Crispian and Miles discuss 'sexy' imagery and Vangelis.
This is essential viewing which loses just one star for the inclusion of a corny and hackneyed heavy metal guitarist character who tries to join 'Ken Bishop's Nice 12'. A little bit too obvious and out of place.
Silly but special...