Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

POO jokes, bod­ily flu­ids and butt cracks with fire­crack­ers.

Grimsby could never be mis­taken as be­ing Steven Spiel­berg’s re­turn to feel-good fam­ily film ter­ri­tory; no, it can only be the work of Sacha Baron Co­hen.

Co­hen is not so much in­ter­ested in push­ing the en­ve­lope of good taste as he is in oblit­er­at­ing it un­til only tiny shards are left, as is ev­i­dent with the in­creas­ing num­ber of times he de­lights in ref­er­enc­ing an­i­mal gen­i­tals and fae­ces.

Shed­ding the satir­i­cal edge he had over his fel­low grossout gag-lov­ing peers such as Adam San­dler and the Far­relly brothers with his past char­ac­ters Bo­rat and Bruno, Co­hen opts for full steam ahead with squirm-in­duc­ing gross-out stuff that would make the most cast-iron stom­ached per­son dry retch.

Noddy (Co­hen), a poor, wel­fare-cheat­ing, baby-mak­ing, foot­ball fan hooli­gan of small town Grimsby, is re­united with his brother Se­bas­tian (Mark Strong) af­ter al­most 30 years apart.

Since they were sep­a­rated as mis­chievous kids, their lives took them on vastly dif­fer­ent paths: Se­bas­tian is now one of the coun­try’s most skilled spies for MI6.

Their re­union comes smack bang in the middle of Se­bas­tian try­ing to save a hu­man­i­tar­ian (Pene­lope Cruz) from as­sas­si­na­tion, but they both end up in peril.


Louis Leter­rier Sacha Baron Co­hen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wil­son

Ju­lian Wright now

A sliver of Co­hen’s comedic in­tel­li­gence (the satire of Bo­rat and Bruno was ra­zor sharp) is still ev­i­dent amidst the orgy of un-PC mo­ments. Ul­ti­mately, there is no point to this story (ex­cept as an ode to low so­cio-eco­nomic cit­i­zens maybe?), no en­cour­age­ment for its au­di­ence to re­flect on why they are laugh­ing at th­ese jokes as he has done in the past.

This time it is just pure en­ter­tain­ment and with big bud­get-look­ing ac­tion se­quences and ear-shattering sound that would make Michael Bay wince, and it does suc­ceed on this level.

Sacha Baron Co­hen and Mark Strong in Grimsby.

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