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No Strings Attached (2002)

  Directed by: Kiernan Fitzpatrick
Genre: Documentary

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

"Aussie blokes come out to play..." - a review by pearly

Aussie blokes are an odd breed. If you love them, it's the kind of love that only a mother has for her bad child. They are rude, crude, and often offensive. But they're just so funny! It doesn't surprise me that the "2002 Queensland Air Guitar Championship" seems to have been thought up and competed in by mainly these guys; the yobbos.

No Strings Attached follows two of them, as they prepare their acts, their costumes, their fingers, and their hair for the big event.

What makes this short film worth the price of admission is the absolute shellacking that one of these contestants gives the pub (from across the street - words aimed at whoever cares to listen) when he doesn't win the competition. Ahhh, it brings back memories of last Tuesday night down at some suburban pub with my brother and his gang of friends, when all of them had just a little too much VB to drink.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 5 Aug 2002

"Dorky Dorky Air Guitar" - a review by mino

No Strings Attached is a short documentary following two wannabe air-guitar champions, JJ Speedball and Slurvie Ray Vaughan, as they prepare for the 2002 Queensland Air Guitar Championship (which seems to involve about 7 guys in a pub). Unfortunately, not everyone can be an air guitar champion, and when things go wrong for our intrepid duo, some testosterone spills over, with hilarious results.

The film is quite entertaining, but it is a little bit disappointing, in two ways. Firstly, it's one of those documentaries that is kind of like shooting fish in a barrel. I mean, the two goons are so alarmingly stupid that there's no real skill needed to make a funny documentary. You could just as easily have sat an unattended camera there while they did their thing. And secondly, the two goons in question just seemed to come across a little bit fake: like they are hamming it up for the cameras. I mean, I could quite easily act like an idiot (erm…), but actually convincing someone to act naturally is actually more difficult for a documnetary maker than I think most people would think; when you see people playing up for the cameras, it kind of spoils the effect.

It's still bloody funny though: I mean, you can't fake being totally stupid. I got a lot of laughs from No Strings Attached, particularly at the not-at-all-suitable-for-the-easily-offended ending. Good stuff.

mino gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 2 Aug 2002

Movie review statistics

Number of reviews: 2
Average rating: 6.00
Lowest rating: 6 (by pearly, mino)
Highest rating: 6 (by pearly, mino)
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Reader comments

  1. I agree, the Aussies are an odd set of folks. I try not to judge in real life though.

    Rating given: 4

    A comment from John ( on Sun 08 Mar 2009 02:11 #

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