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REEL REVIEWS: Getting out of the park
The Trailer Park Boys are back in a new film called Don’t Legalize It.
The long running TV series left the small screen in 2008 and now everyone’s favourite trio of Canadian losers have hit the big screen, drunker, higher and considerably more swollen.
Julian (John Paul Tremblay) Ricky (Robb Wells) and Bubbles (Mike Smith) are having to come to terms with no longer living in the trailer park. Julian is trying to make a living by going clean, selling military-grade soldier pee to those wishing to pass their drug tests without giving up their habits.
Ricky just wants to be free of doing any business dealings with Julian so he too can stay out of jail. So he goes back to doing what he does best, growing the best dope in Canada.
Bubbles, currently living under a friend’s porch, is about to embark on a road trip to claim a house left to him by his long lost, and now dead parents.
When the three leave on their road trip, Bubbles to see his new home, Julian to deliver his urine and Ricky to march on Ottawa to stop them from legalizing marijuana, a certain degree of hilarity ensues.
We say, “Fans won’t be disappointed.”
TAYLOR: I’m not a fan of the Trailer Park Boys. I’ve seen bits of the series, I once watched a whole Christmas special and was amused by the sentiments of Ricky: “Christmas is a time to get drunk and stoned with your family and friends.” That pretty much sums up the TPBs.
On top of that, you can add criminal behaviour, general stupidity and a pinch of Canadiana. The formula for the episodes and for this movie remain the same:
The boys are trying to make it in the world as best they can, they act a fool and get into trouble, the trouble sorts itself out and we realize that these losers care for each other and aren’t such bad guys after all.
HOWE: I, on the other hand, have never seen an episode, or should I put it, bothered to watch TPB whenever it came on TV.
Within the first 10 minutes of watching this I thought, “What am I watching?” This is worse than the remake of the Three Stooges and I was very close to wanting to walk out, but I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. The theatre was about a quarter full, people were laughing, yet I wasn’t.
What I found was that I enjoyed the storyline, the relationship between the three friends and the bond they shared.
TAYLOR: The film made me laugh a couple times, mostly at Bubbles, who has some funny lines. I wasn’t expecting much from the film, but I’m happy to report that it didn’t annoy me.
I am a little disappointed that $2.5 million of the $10 million budget came from our tax dollars, but I guess Canadian movie-goers can vote with their admissions.
If you’ve never seen the boys before but are amused by raunchy ridiculousness, go check it out.
HOWE: I chuckled twice, both scenes contained Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth) other than that I don’t recall even cracking a smile.
Yet, saying that, I will be looking online to watch some older episodes.
Howe gives it 3 filled test tubes out of 5.
Taylor gives it 2.5 million tax dollars out of 5.
The film is currently playing at the Galaxy Cinemas in Vernon.