A noice lit­tle Ital­ian fairy­tale

Fans of all things Foun­tain Lakes will en­joy Kath & Kimderella, writes Caris Biz­zaca

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

ELE­VI­SION favourites Kath and Kim search for love on the big screen in their big-screen de­but, Kath & Kimderella.

Early screen­ings have been packed with die-hard fans, many wear­ing wigs which mimic the locks of their favourite ladies from Foun­tain Lakes. Laugh? That’s what ev­ery­one is there for. The film is the ‘‘filum’’ out­ing for Kath Day Knight (Jane Turner) and her spoilt daugh­ter Kim Day (Gina Ri­ley), whose gaudy fash­ion, mal­a­prop­ism (they con­sider them­selves ‘‘ef­flu­ent’’) and catch phrases (‘‘look at moy’’) have earned them loyal fans both in Aus­tralia and over­seas.

Kath & Kimderella opens with some back­story for any­one who is not fa­mil­iar with the TV show be­fore it launches into a new ad­ven­ture.

Kath wins a trip for two to a bank­rupt king­dom some­where in Italy. Her ‘‘hunk o’ spunk’’ hus­band Kel (Glenn Rob­bins), has a mor­tal fear of fly­ing and opts to stay home and watch MasterChef.

Kim takes his ticket, leav­ing her ver­bal punch­ing bag and ex-hus­band Brett (Peter Row­sthorn) and her tiny tot diva daugh­ter Eponee Ray at home.

Kim’s sec­ond-best friend Sharon (Magda Szuban­ski) also tags along. The group shack up in a gi­ant cas­tle – home to a fash­ion­able gold-dig­ging king (Rob Sitch), his mys­te­ri­ous son and an unim­pressed courtier (Richard E. Grant).

Sword fights, cos­tume balls and a royal wed­ding en­sue in a fairy­tale sto­ry­line that fea­tures nods to Cin­derella, Ra­pun­zel, Sleep­ing Beauty, The Princess Di­aries, Jane Eyre and even The Phan­tom of the Opera.

It’s all abit ridicu­lous – and it should be. Sub­tlety is not re­ally a word as­so­ci­ated with Kath and Kim.

Penned by Turner and Ri­ley and di­rected by TV vet­eran Ted Emery, the over-the-top char­ac­ters fall back on jokes that have served the long-run­ning TV show – and its fans – well.

The sight of Kath work­ing out in the cas­tle’s ‘‘gym’’ – an old tor­ture cham­ber – or Kim singing My Humps, ac­com­pa­nied by harp­si­chord will have fans in stitches.

TV se­ries regulars Prue and Trude, also played by Turner and Ri­ley, get some screen time, em­bark­ing on their own Ital­ian ad­ven­ture and Aus­tralian favourite Dame Edna (Barry Humphries) joins the fun.

Szuban­ski’s Sharon is un­der­used. She pulls comedic faces, lusts af­ter Grant’s char­ac­ter and is the butt of les­bian jokes – which be­come repet­i­tive.

Does the world need more Kath & Kim? That’s de­bate­able – and cer­tainly some jokes seem dated.

Fans how­ever will al­ways wel­come the re­turn of mother and daugh­ter as they make ‘‘noice, dif­fer­ent and un­usual’’, whether on the big or small screen.

opens to­day.

Jane Turner, as Kath, and Glenn Rob­bins, as Kel, in

Peter Row­sthorn, as Brett, and Gina Ri­ley, as Kim, with their on-screen diva daugh­ter, Eponee Ray

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