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Da Kath & Kim Code (2005)

  Directed by: Ted Emery
Written by: Gina Riley, Jane Turner
Starring: Gina Riley, Glenn Robbins, Peter Rowsthorn, Magda Szubanski, Jane Turner
Links: Da Kath & Kim Code on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 6.00 (2 ratings)
nofreelist.com Ranking: Ranked equal 129th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"Haven't we seen all this before?" - a review by pearly

Spawned from a sketch on a comedy show, the television series Kath & Kim has now spawned its own telemovie: Da Kath & Kim Code. Though I live in Australia, where it's not possible to live without constant reminders of the show's existence in the form of posters advertising the show's release on DVD, aprons with the show's many catchphrases on them, and appearances by the cast on every chat show on every single network, I've never been a huge fan of the series. Sure, it's funny enough, but it relies too much on repeated humour for my tastes, and when jokes aren't even that funny in the first place, I can't handle the repetition.

For their movie debut, those lovely inhabitants of Fountain Lakes have cooked up a mystery the likes of which no one has ever seen before. In other words, they've grabbed a copy of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (2006), and worked some of its mystery into their movie. This would appear to be an attempt to capitalise on the popularity of the book and upcoming film, in both humour and cash money.

Now I'm one of the thirty three people left in the Western world who have not had the good fortune of having read The Da Vinci Code, so the relevance of anything to do with that was totally lost on me, and perhaps this spoiled my overall view of this movie, but I doubt it. This isn't a terrible production, but it highlighted to me something which I'd been suspecting must soon become the case: Kath & Kim have run their course. I seriously doubt there is anything they can do now that will seem fresh, and whilst some (possibly lots of) people may be happy to see the same thing re-hashed again and again, it's not for me. I watched this from start to finish, but that's it. There's no way I'll be adding the DVD to my Christmas list.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 15 Feb 2006

"Good Aussie comedy" - a review by andy-j

This is a made-for-television movie, featuring the very popular characters of Kath Day-Knight (Jane Turner) and her daughter Kim (Gina Riley). Kath, approaching middle age, has recently married Kel Knight (Glenn Robbins), a butcher by trade, and the two of them are a perfect match. Their taste in just about everything is usually way off the mark, and they jump on every bandwagon that is heavily marketed towards to Australian public, just as everyone else is jumping off. They are both extremely organised, efficient and particular. Kath's daughter Kim, on the other hand, is a lazy, selfish, stuck-up, spoilt brat in her early twenties. She is married to Brett (Peter Rowsthorn), and her best friend is Sharon (Magda Szubanski), both of whom she treats terribly. In Da Kath & Kim Code, Kath is frantically preparing for Christmas, Kel has become jealous of Kath's obsession with Michael Bublé, Kim has dumped Brett (yet again), Sharon has found love through the Internet, and a mysterious robed figure seems to be stalking the family.

Kath & Kim is good fun. The jokes aren't always fresh, and the show may have lost some of its edge over the years, but the situations the characters get themselves into are funny and the cast are entertaining to watch. The strongest two characters are Kath and Kel. They are hilarious, as they throw themselves into their latest obsession, often with 100% passion and 0% talent, completely oblivious to how ridiculous they look. They'll give just about anything a go. Poor Sharon is a complete glutton for punishment - the easiest target you'll ever find. You can't help but feel sorry for her. Kim, on the other hand, I find hard to like, even in a 'love to hate her' context. Thankfully, her character has been pulled right back into line in this telemovie, and she isn't as horrible as she used to be. This is good, because she was becoming too much of a caricature of herself.

Most of this movie is good, but the whole The Da Vinci Code (2006) sub-plot is rather unnecessary, and feels a little under-developed. It is just a sub-plot though, and it doesn't really hurt too much. The rest of the movie is rock-solid, particularly the Sharon sub-plot. While I much prefer the characters before Kath and Kim became a series (where Kath was a whinging mother who couldn't, for a second, stop nagging Kim about her weight, and Kim was horribly trashy), I can't really complain, because I suspect that these compromised characters end up having a lot more longevity and room to move. The whole thing, while essentially being more of the same, still manages to remain fresh and funny. It's not the sort of thing I can watch over and over, but it's certainly enjoyable enough.

andy-j gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 13 Jan 2006

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Number of reviews: 2
Average rating: 6.00
Lowest rating: 5 (by pearly)
Highest rating: 7 (by andy-j)
 
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