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Blue Juice [DVD]
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JC (Sean Pertwee) is a dedicated surfer who was king of the surfing waves, when he was younger. Now approaching thirty, his girlfriend Chloe (Catherine Zeta Jones) wants him to stop playing around on the waves and make a commitment. But when his wild friends turn up he has to make the big decision: his girlfriend or his surfboard.
Wax up your boards and hang 10 (or whatever) where the big waves come crashing in: off the English coast at Cornwall. Huh? No endless summer? No two girls for every boy? No, but in Blue Juice one can see what most of us probably never even thought about: the British Isles are indeed islands and, not incongruously, there's a considerable surfing culture with a handful of home-grown legends. One of the latter is JC (Sean Pertwee), a skilled surfer so driven by the challenge and so dedicated to his mates that it threatens his meandering romance with the long-suffering Chloe (Catherine Zeta-Jones). The two have planned an extensive, around-the-world trip as a kind of prelude to discussing marriage, but the arrangement is threatened when three of JC's old childhood chums arrive from London. One of them (played by Steven Mackintosh) is a famous record producer who has sold his soul (in every sense) to reap profits from fashionable electronica. Another (Ewan McGregor) is a chronic screw-up resorting to hustling junk to unsuspecting customers. The last (Peter Gunn) is an anxious sort, terrified of marrying his long-time girlfriend. Together, these four guys look like a pack of nowhere men and they know it: while the story largely focuses on JC and Chloe, there's plenty of material for the supporting characters to indulge in mucho self-loathing. The film never quite jumps off the screen and the script may be hampered by too many layers of character eccentricity, but this is still an enjoyable piece with some fine comic performances. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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JC is a surfer based in rural cornwall (it actually used to be like that), Catherine Zeta Jones doesn't want to go around the world but JC does, she wants to stay in rural cornwall and purchase the cafe they run. (To be honest, looking at how property values have rocketed in Cornwall since then, it would have been a great idea, and JC is clearly an idiot). Anyway, some of JC's old mates from when he was a London ragtag badass decide to visit Cornwall for Terry's stag do (Terry is boring and fat and sports double denim, not cool), so Ewan Mcgregor (a dugged up loser with long hair and clearly sponsored by Stussy) and Josh Tambini (a big time record producer with slick hair, slick hats and a slick wardrobe - he looks like he is in a boy band and is instantly dislikable in the way that we always hate the guy with money) jump in a black Range Rover, throw a surfboard on the roof, drug and kidknap the fat guy and burn it down to Cornwall in time for English Breakfast Tea with JC and CZJ.
Anyway, it's pretty bad timing as the lads haven't told JC that they're heading down, he is in the middle of an argument with CZJ (something about her flirting with an older man, much much older... Oh hang on that might have been real life with Michelle Douglas), so they all descend on Cornwall and decide to stay in the worlds smallest caravan in a field. Our man Josh Tambini is bank rolling the whole affair without realising it whilst Ewan is being a right nonce and trying to sell dodgy drugs to the locals whilst stealing Josh's credit cards and pretending to be a badass.Read more ›
Like many British films, this is rather querky. There's a lot crammed into quite a short film, and as a result the film doesn't always flow very fluidly, but it's a fun ride if you don't take it too seriously.
Some big faces (Catherine Zeta Jones, Sean Pertwee, Ewan McGregor) give some really solid performances in this movie, but on the flip-side some lesser known actors (if they even are actors) give some performances that wouldn't seem out of place in a school play.
There is a varied and excellent soundtrack to the movie, good enough to stand the hairs up on the back of my neck at times.
I rated this film with 5-stars because that correlates to "I love this movie", but if I was giving a critical rating it would be 3.5 to 4 stars. The music is great. Some acting is very poor, but some is very good (Peter Gunn on ecstasy, great!). Some of the plot is weak, but the underlying plot is very strong. The film doesn't take itself too seriously, so the viewer shouldn't either. Watch with friends, alone, or with a partner, and this film should leave you feeling pretty happy with life.
Into this comes three of JC's old mates on a stag do from London, each of whom has their own hangups and problems.Ewan McGregor is barely recognisable as the grungy chronic screw-up, Peter Gunn is hilarious as Terry the soon to be groom.
What follows is a humerous adventure set in rural cornwall. Don't be fooled into thinking this is an american or australian style surfer movie it isn't, it's uniquely British, and although it forms the background, the beach actually features surprisingly little throughout.
I watched this out of curiosity rather than for any other reason so my expectations were low, and I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. This is not a fast paced film, but it is enjoyable, just don't take it too seriously and just soak up the character interactions and the inner torment of JC (Sean Pertwee). It's amusing rather than hilarious, but I never found it dul or slowl,
Well worth a try if you get it cheap.
This surfer comedy has become something of a cult, and rightly so. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Cornwall, it centres around JC (Pertwee) who runs a serf school, finding it difficult to resist the temptations given to him by his mischievous London based friends, including drug-dealer Dean (McGregor), who is trying to suck him back into bad habits. Whilst JC is all to eager to revive his old lifestyle, his stunning girlfriend Chloe (Jones) hopes that those days are now long behind him. So, his dilemma is whether he should return to the unpredictable mixture of waves and drugs, or whether he should stick with his comfortable new life and relationship.
The humour is quite off the wall, the characters are eccentric, and the whole thing is great fun, particularly good to watch with a group of friends. Whilst it isn't particularly realistic, it is after all a comedy. Although 'Blue Juice' will never be considered one of the greatest films that either Jones or McGregor have appeared in, it's nice to see them together when they were still young and just about to make it big.
A quirky, feel good British comedy!
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Love this film bought as a xmas present for my husband who has been wanting it for ages to replace the gas.Published 7 months ago by mrs e wall
I forget how cheesy this film is but you can't beat it for that flashback feel.Published 11 months ago by nickthesurfer