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(12A) THIS entertaining odd couple comedy takes an affectionate delight in the quirks and eccentricities of modern life as it cheerily explores British attitudes to race and disability.
Antonio Aakeel and Jack Carroll (Britain’s Got Talent finalist) star as hapless half-brothers Omar and Pete, and the title refers to the bizarre manner of their parents’ demise.
Distraught, they decide to find Omar’s long absent father and head off to Blackpool.
Johnny Vegas as a grubby guest house owner greets them sporting an alarming gold lame dressing gown, and the squabbling siblings’ detective work leads them to gatecrash an engagement party, which leads to scenes of sniggering embarrassment.
Written and directed by Jason Wingard and based on his award-winning short film, this is sweet and silly, with engaging performances – including Stephanie Fayerman as the boys’ grandma – plus it fully exploits the comic potential of the Chesney Hawkes 1991 single, I Am the One and Only.
Antonio Aakeel as Omar and Jack Carroll as Pete