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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

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