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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Michael Bodey

Grimsby (MA15+) The bur­den of ex­pec­ta­tion on co­me­di­ans is re­lent­less, which is a con­cise way of say­ing Sacha Baron Co­hen’s lat­est com­edy is dis­ap­point­ing. The clear dif­fer­ence with Co­hen’s pre­vi­ous films and char­ac­ters is they were satir­i­cal; Grimsby is a par­ody, so it’s harder to for­give his mis­fires here be­cause there is no sub­stance be­hind them. It is a par­ody of a spy film meets buddy film in which Co­hen plays Nobby, an English soc­cer lout with a Liam Gal­lagheresque hair­cut and chops. Un­like Co­hen’s pre­vi­ous films, Grimsby is all ex­cess and no sub­tlety. This is Co­hen’s film and he de­liv­ers his share of healthy, guilty laughs — just not his usual share, or with his usual flair.

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