Ignore the inconsistencies and you may crack a laugh or two

2007-11-26 00:00

One is always tempted to cut local films a little slack, though why they deserve it I’m not sure. Filmmakers in Burkina Faso, for instance, have produced films that are as good as, if not better than, a lot of what Hollywood can produce. But South Africa as a filmmaking nation has yet to find its feet as more than just a pretty, cheap location for overseas crews, so I’ll go easy on Big Fellas.

I think this movie would be well nigh unintelligible to anyone not born and raised in SA. The filmmakers seem to have agreed and stuck some glossary definitions in every so often. This and other graphic elements, are clever, but don’t seem to really fit. Actually there’s a lot in this movie that seems out of place, a big hallucinatory chicken first among them.

But I promised to go easy on this film, and there is much to like.

Trustafarian Zed (Ross Garland) and his slacker mate Jake (Colin Moss) have spent two years of their lives not making a movie about the difficulties facing models in South Africa. This is really an excuse to party with pretty girls and one day make some money out of it. But Zed is suddenly penniless: his dad dies, leaving him nothing. So the pair have to find financing for their project. Only problem is, they have to have a BEE partner. So they set off on a road trip to Egoli to find one, testing their friendship, meeting some strange characters along the way.

There are some good jokes, some good performances (and some bad ones: model Gina Athens sounds like she had to learn her lines phonetically) and some stunning scenery. So if you can ignore the patchy editing and inconsistent, well, everything, you might actually get a few laughs out of this one.

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