Love and other rugs…

Total Film - - Big Screen - Matthew Ley­land


Jim Hosk­ing’s fol­low-up to The Greasy Stran­gler tones down the gore and gross-out and ups the star power. The ab­sur­dity level, mean­while, re­mains the same; which is to say, through the roof. Like Stran­gler, which left even fans feel­ing queasy, it won’t be ev­ery­one’s cup of weird. But if your funny bone’s in synch with Hosk­ing’s hu­mour – with its run­ning (some­times into the ground) gags, dead­pan per­for­mances, sleazy car­toon vibes and fash­ion crimes – you’ll have a mem­o­rable Evening.

Rather than one man’s lust af­fair with lard, the hook here is a love quad­ran­gle, with all cor­ners oc­cu­pied by qual­ity comic tal­ent: Aubrey Plaza, giv­ing great side-eye as run­away wife Lulu Dan­ger; Je­maine Cle­ment, giv­ing good-bad wig (and other hairs) as love­struck stranger Colin; Matt Berry as Rod­ney, pla­tonic (and pos­ses­sive) life part­ner to the tit­u­lar Mr. Linn; and Craig Robin­son, growl­ing away as the man him­self, whose sold-out show is the ic­ing on a cake lay­ered with sight gags, non se­quiturs and an un­ex­pected dose of sweet sin­cer­ity. Clearly, Hosk­ing is no bull­shit artist.


The Greasy Stran­gler di­rec­tor tries a lit­tle ten­der­ness… with loony, love­able re­sults.

She’d asked for the ‘Rachel’… CER­TIFI­CATE 15 DI­REC­TOR Jim Hosk­ing STAR­RING Aubrey Plaza, Je­maine Cle­ment, Craig Robin­son SCREEN­PLAY Jim Hosk­ing, David Wike DIS­TRIB­U­TOR Pic­ture­house RUN­NING TIME 108 mins

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