Movie review – Schuks! We share a common sense of humour

2013-12-01 14:00

Leon Schuster has yet again delivered some much-needed laughter to local audiences.

In this film, he and his team prank unsuspecting South Africans. He is 62 and still takes the chance of getting a “warm klap” in the name of laughter – and boy does he get slapped and kicked around in this instalment.

Schuster’s troupe of pranksters comprise stand-up comedian Rob van Vuuren and all-time favourite Schuster collaborator Alfred “Shorty” Ntombela.

Newcomer Laré Birk is the “Bond girl”, bringing much-needed eye candy for the lads. The formula has remained the same when it comes to candid camera, but he keeps pushing the limits and the buttons of his victims ever so brazenly.

The look of shock, surprise and sometimes disappointment – often followed by an Afrikaans swear word – when a subject learns that they have been pranked is priceless.

Schuster’s collaboration with Van Vuuren works well. They came up with some fresh ideas and Van Vuuren took a lot of beatings as some pranks didn’t go as planned.

There are some feverishly funny but also cruel scenes, like when former Springbok coach Peter De Villiers was “interviewed” for the job of Japanese national rugby team coach. No one is off limits for Schuster.

Some of his previous victims were Helen Zille and Van Vuuren himself.

Perhaps the biggest gamble Schuster took, at a time when communities have resorted to violence to voice their anger over service delivery, was to prank the people of Reiger Park in Ekurhuleni.

He kept infuriating the people and it could have ended badly. Another standout scene is when Van Vuuren plays the role of a blatantly biased rugby referee in a small Karoo town.

It was dangerous and cruel to the victims, but when people started confronting the referee, it became messy and hilarious to watch.

One thing I have taken away from the film is that we share a common sense of humour, despite our cultural differences.

This one is for national cohesion and unity. It’s just what South Africa needs. The jokes are harmless fun and are not for the serious minded.

You need to let go of your hang-ups about culture and race to enjoy Schuster’s brand of comedy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW2Iz24udZA

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