Boy it’s clever, but lacks laughs

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

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.

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