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You and Your Stupid Mate (2005)

  Directed by: Marc Gracie
Written by: Dave O'Neil, Mark O'Toole
Starring: Rachel Hunter, William McInnes, Nathan Phillips, Angus Sampson, Madeleine West
Links: You and Your Stupid Mate on the IMDb
Genre: Comedy
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2005 (nominee)

This movie gets: 2.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Fairly terrible really" - a review by pearly

You and Your Stupid Mate is the latest and one of the worst in an unfortunate series of recent low-brow Aussie comedy films. Whilst not as bad as the gaping horror that was Ned (2003), the film is bad enough that it should be keenly avoided by most people who carry a brain around in their heads.

Philip (Nathan Phillips) and Jeffrey (Angus Sampson) have been friends since primary school, and now they live in a crappy caravan park where they spend their days avoiding real work whilst collecting the dole. Their clocks are set for two specific times during the day: the first is when their neighbour Karen (Rachel Hunter) takes her daily walk around the park, so that they can go outside and have a bit of a perv, and the second is the start of their favourite daily soap opera, Sons and Surf.

When they learn that the show is to be axed, and that their favourite character Emma (Madeleine West) is to be killed off, these layabouts decide it's time for action. But they can't get much done with their annoying Jobs 4 U manager (William McInnes), who also happens to have a port wine stain on his face in the shape of a "dick and balls", on their backs, now can they?

All the makings of a classic comedy, right? No, it most certainly isn't. You and Your Stupid Mate is about as poorly thought-through as its title joke, which is generated via a montage of the two boys at various ages, doing silly things, and being told "you and your stupid mate - get out!", or similar. It's awkwardly worded here, and it's awkward sounding in the film too.

More than this, though, the film contains many characters which have absolutely no point (I really didn't understand the presence of Hunter's character for even one second), or characters that are acted in such an over-the-top manner that they're laughable - for all the wrong reasons. Writer Dave O'Neil makes an appearance as Philip's scout master, and proves that he can't actually act, and whilst he may have, at one stage, been funny, he's certainly not at the moment. Whilst I found the last film by this team, Take Away (2003), to be decent enough, they're certainly scraping the barrel here.

pearly gives this movie 2 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 19 Sep 2005

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Reader comments

  1. Very funny, anyone who has been in gangshow, or scouts itself, would enjoy the movie, writtern by DAVE O'NEIL

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Angela on Fri 23 Sep 2005 23:43 #

  2. its funny

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from ryikkiy on Fri 07 Apr 2006 13:15 #

  3. this movie is the best ever

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from andrew on Fri 27 Oct 2006 12:18 #

  4. Wow, can somebody take Pearly away from his computer please?

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from Kyle on Sat 10 Jul 2010 19:04 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 9.25 (4 ratings)

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