Spud: fly­ing by the seat of his pants

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the walls or the knick knacks lit­ter­ing Spud’s home. The score is anachro­nis­tic though, with some thor­oughly mod­ern tunes in the mix.

Spud’s de­ranged fam­ily is now ex­panded with the ad­di­tion of an at­ten­tion-starved Por­tuguese neigh­bour (yes, that was Sonia Es­gueira play­ing Am­ber next door) and Dad’s al­co­holic, job-seek­ing best friend look­ing for pur­pose in this world, Frank (Grant Swanby).

Back for a third year at board­ing school, Spud also meets also Garlic the Malaw­ian (Lee), the gar­ru­lous new kid who in­sin­u­ates him­self into the gang.

We see as much of Spud at school as we do at home, where Mom and Dad are on the outs.

Aaron McIlroy is a mem­o­rable mix of pa­thet­i­cally para­noid and brazen. He starts a new business ven­ture, which might just work with a bit of timely in­ter­ven­tion from Spud.

At school, Spud has to come up with a plan to hold on to his schol­ar­ship, which means ex­celling in some way, and he spends the school year try­ing to find some­thing, any­thing, that will get him ahead.

This puts him at odds with his clos­est friends when Rambo (Ruy­grok) de­crees that none of them are go­ing to try out for pre­fect. Es­pe­cially since none of Spud’s plans seem to work.

His friend­ship with the Guv (Cleese) con­tin­ues, as he tries to help his teacher start a re­la­tion­ship with the new li­brar­ian, in be­tween ex­per­i­ment­ing with his own wouldbe ro­man­tic li­aisons.

There is less tragedy this time around, even though Spud is scared he might not be able to stay at the school which has be­come more of a home than his par­ents’ house.

This is a sat­is­fy­ing third film for fans and a tech­ni­cally strong ad­di­tion to the South African film scene.

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