Laugh on, brain off

CityPress - - T# - Grethe.koen@city­press.co.za Di­rec­tor: Leon Schuster Star­ring: Leon Schuster, Desmond Dube

Like its ti­tle, which re­quires not one, but two whole ex­cla­ma­tion marks, Leon Schuster’s latest flick is about as gar­ish and shouty as you would ex­pect from the king of South African slap­stick.

But that doesn’t mean you’re go­ing to hate it. If its media pre­miere, which drew 1 000 peo­ple and packed out 11 of Ster-Kinekor Sand­ton’s cine­mas, is any­thing to go by, this latest (and ap­par­ently last) Schuks movie will have you weep­ing with laugh­ter.

The plot, not that any­one cares, sees Schuks in a predica­ment af­ter he loses the Cur­rie Cup rugby tro­phy. He is of­fered a way out of his R1 mil­lion fine by the sports min­is­ter (Desmond Dube): make a movie that por­trays South Africa in a pos­i­tive light.

In the for­mat of many of Schuster’s ear­lier movies, can­did cam­era gags – most of them with Schuks in var­i­ous dis­guises, from an over­weight French jour­nal­ist to an Eskom of­fi­cial, a min­is­ter and so on – are in­ter­wo­ven with the flimsy plot.

Dur­ing one scene, the film’s sole two In­dian char­ac­ters are de­picted cook­ing curry in the Cur­rie Cup. Coz like, curry ... In­di­ans ... Curry Cup ... get it?

Is Leon Schuster racist? Do his films bring down our col­lec­tive IQ? Does it even mat­ter?

As much as crit­ics like my­self are wring­ing our hands, view­ers are rolling in the aisles. Re­ally, dear reader, do you even need to know what I think about Schuster? I know you’re too busy get­ting out your wal­let so you can throw money at the cin­ema be­fore it runs out of tick­ets.

What I will say is that Schuks! Pay Back the Money! is a real crowd pleaser. I’ll just leave it at that. Schuks! Pay Back the Money! is

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