A noice little Italian fairytale
Fans of all things Fountain Lakes will enjoy Kath & Kimderella, writes Caris Bizzaca
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.
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