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The Switch [ 2010 ] [ Hits:19020 ]
Review: The Switch is not what you're expecting. Whenever someone starts sloshing a cup of sperm around, everyone immediately flashes back to There's Something About Mary with Ben Stiller's vanishing sperm act and Cameron Diaz's extra hold "hair gel". Yes, there is a masturbation scene... and no, you don't get to see Jason Bateman yanking the proverbial plank. They pan past an opaque glass window as he grabs a magazine with attractive, blonde morning show host, Diane Sawyer on the cover. Subtle is the ...

Spud [ 2010 ] [ Hits:15887 ]
Review: John Van De Ruit's character, John Spud Milton has become the South African equivalent of Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole. Both characters are at that age when puberty is starting to kick in, physical changes are bound to create some form of clumsy embarrassment and life is only really beginning. These are the formative years and yet we somehow get a burst of nostalgia by suffering their crisis of identity, their painful pubescent years and seem to "get" where they're coming from... no wonder their e...

Rainbow Skellums [ 2009 ] [ Hits:15789 ]
Review: Rainbow Skellums is the latest candid camera phenomenon to hit South Africa, produced, written and directed by Andre Scholtz (Panic Mechanic) and starring Louw Venter (T.M.A.S), Kevin Ehrenreich and Alexa Strachan. Leon Schuster is the Godfather of candid comedy in South Africa with his off-the-cuff, on-the-spot and distinctly South African disguise comedy, which is all about reeling the target in and catching the big one. Schuster's You Must Be Joking and Panic Mechanic eptiomise this brand of ...

Big Significant Things [ Hits:13930 ]
Review: Big Significant Things feels like the sort of movie Alexander Payne could have directed in his early days. The comedy drama has a similar tone to About Schmidt, covering the cross-country adventures of a young man, who lies to his girlfriend in order to spend some time on the open road alone. It's one of those wanderlust tales that captures the restless spirit of a stallion about to be tethered. Craig is at a cross roads in his life, possibly unsure of his real feelings towards his girlfriend, ...

Mad Buddies [ Hits:13867 ]
Review: Mad Buddies is a return to conventional storytelling for Leon Schuster, whose box office achievements have been limited to South Africa with over-the-top local characters like Mr. Bones and Mama Jack. While these films have been runaway commercial hits, they haven't managed to mimic the international appeal of The Gods Must Be Crazy. The madcap toilet humour, slapstick comedy and distinctly South African flavour just hasn't caught on. As such, Mad Buddies fits a similar profile to There's A Zulu...

Outrageous! [ 2010 ] [ Hits:13201 ]
Review: Outrageous! boasts a who's who heavyweight comedy police line-up of stand-ups including: John Vlismas, Barry Hilton, Joey Rasdien, Krijay Govender, Loyiso Gola, Mark Banks and Riaad Moosa. Imagine the scene from Tombstone as the sharp-shooters wander into town, ready to do the Riverdance, armed with guns and handlebar moustaches... they mean business! Now the cast from Outrageous! aren't as camp... but they do have John Vlismas, whose obsession with the adventures of his own man salami could eas...

Hot Tub Time Machine [ 2010 ] [ Hits:11302 ]
Review: Ahhh... 1986, Reagan was still President, Maradona scored the "Goal of the Century" in the FIFA World Cup in Mexico, Chernobyl was still doing plant tours, Mike Tyson won his first world boxing title, Lady Gaga said "ga-ga" for the first time, Voyager 2 had its first encounter with Uranus and Michael J. Fox manned the world's first flux capacitor-powered car time machine. No wonder Americans remember the '80s with such nostalgia and gusto. Meanwhile back home in the Old South Africa, the struggl...

17 Again [ 2009 ] [ Hits:8960 ]
Review: 17 Again is just like those fantasy age concept movies from the late ’80s: Big, 18 Again! and Like Father, Like Son. In fact, it’s like a combination between 18 Again! with George Burns/Charlie Schlatter and Like Father, Like Son with Dudley Moore/Kirk Cameron. This time it’s a Matthew Perry/Zac Efron pairing that put the age reversal on for size. The concept may be about 20 years late, but like 13 Going On 30, its just the kind of light entertainment that people crave in times like these....

Bakgat! 2 [ 2010 ] [ Hits:7519 ]
Review: Bakgat! surprised audiences with its bubbly and infectious local blend of American Pie and The Karate Kid. This was an Afrikaans comedy with a formulaic feel good approach that worked because of its novelty, its likable cast and its classic high school characters. Love, sport and nostalgia fused to make a movie with a lot of heart and a load of laughs. Bakgat! was so successful that it warranted a follow-up sequel to the happy ending.Now that Wimpie (Botha) is in University... life has become co...

21 Jump Street [ Hits:6988 ]
Review: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are not a match made in buddy cop heaven. Hill, best known for comedy, got a tip of the hat when he received an Oscar nomination for his role in Moneyball, while Channing Tatum's range is best encapsulated by boxing legend Muhammed Ali's mantra: float like a butterfly (romance) and sting like a bee (action). They seem worlds apart, yet these two Hollywood hopefuls bring a surprising chemistry to screen in the TV series film adaptation, 21 Jump Street. The '80s TV...