Boy it’s clever, but lacks laughs
AFTER the success of We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High, the anticipation surrounding comedian Chris Lilley’s most recently aired series, Angry Boys, could not have been higher. But was the wait worth it? Continuing to ride his one-trick pony of mockumentary stylings while starring in multiple roles, the series is a mixed bag of controversial humour and meaningful character drama that has its moments but ultimately falls a little flat in comparison with his previous efforts. A string of new characters including a female prison warden, a rapper, a domineering mother and a surfing champ join his bogan country twin brothers made famous from Heroes but his once sharp, edgy antics have been deadened here. The longer 12-episode series thins out the material and while there are moments of comedic sharpness and touching realism that keep you watching and wanting it to evolve into greatness, it unfortunately never really tops good. Extras: More than six hours of extra goodies, with the bulk of that being deleted scenes of Lilley in his multiple character roles, bloopers and clips. NOT VIEWED.