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SFX - - Reviews - Aaaaaaaah!’s proggy score was cre­ated by King Crim­son guitarist Robert Fripp – who is mar­ried to star Toyah Will­cox.

re­leased 18 Jan­uary 2015 | 18 | Blu-ray/dVd Di­rec­tor steve Oram Cast steve Oram, Ju­lian rhind-Tutt, lucy Honig­man, Toyah Will­cox, Ju­lian Bar­ratt, noel Field­ing

What if mod­ern hu­man beings be­haved like great apes? That’s the premise be­hind this low-bud­get odd­ity, in which a cast of top Bri­tish com­edy tal­ent com­mu­ni­cate only in simian grunts. The open­ing scene, in which wannabe al­pha male Smith (Sight­seers’ Steve Oram, who also di­rects) pisses on a photo of his ex, sets the tone for 80 min­utes of an­i­mal­is­tic shag­ging, shit­ting and shaft­ing (one an­other).

Un­for­tu­nately, the “peo­ple are ac­tu­ally just like mon­keys” satire misses the mark, leav­ing Aaaaaaaah! feel­ing more like a drama school work­shop than a movie. Oram de­serves credit for telling a co­her­ent story of a tribal power play with­out even a sub­ti­tle, yet the world he’s cre­ated never quite makes sense. Why would a species that poos on a piece of cling film in the kitchen have in­stalled proper loos in their houses?

Aaaaaaaah! is the sort of film that works much bet­ter on pa­per than on screen, and ul­ti­mately the only rea­son it’ll linger in any­one’s mem­ory is that it’ll top ev­ery al­pha­bet­i­cal list of movies ever.

Ex­tras Ex­tended ver­sions of the fic­tional cook­ing show and sit­com seen in the film (14 min­utes), plus the ac­tors prov­ing they can use English in “The Cast Speaks” (20 min­utes). Richard Ed­wards

Satur­day Kitchen livened up.

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