Schuks’s early treat for fans

2015-08-22 09:33

IN the midst of the many dramas making their way to our big screens this weekend, Leon Schuster’s latest comedy Schuks! Pay Back the Money! adds a dose of ­light-hearted viewing.

Schuster’s new film is scheduled to ­release at cinemas nationwide from ­August 28, but Ster-Kinekor has a treat for Schuster fans around the country, with ­exclusive pre-screenings of this hilarious film at all its cinema sites for tomorrow only.

The pre-screenings will apply to the 12 pm, 2 pm, 5 pm and 8 pm show times, and bookings are now open.

In Schuks! Pay Back the Money!, Schuks (Leon Schuster) inadvertently loses ­rugby’s Holy Grail (the Currie Cup) and what follows is a hilarious journey to pay for what he has done. In lieu of a R1 million fine, the sports minister (Desmond Dube) offers Schuks a lifeline to create a ­documentary film that shows South ­Africa in a positive light.

As the documentary takes shape, the Currie Cup traverses its own perilous journey as it moves from two clueless crooks, Bossie (Ivan Lucas) and Savage (Gerrit Schoonhoven), to an enterprising traffic officer and a conniving pawnbroker, among others.

What would a Schuks film be without a few candid camera moments? True to form, the “documentary” features a series of brand-new gags, featuring unsuspecting South African citizens and a host of famous personalities and celebrities — both past and current.

The film reunites Schuster with another comedy giant, Desmond Dube, who also appeared in Panic Mechanic (1996) and The Millennium Menace (1999), as well as Ivan D. Lucas and Gerrit Schoonhoven, reprising the roles of the bumbling villains. Adding a touch of glamour, SA Idols finalist and South African theatre award winner Bianca le Grange makes her big screen debut in the movie.

Another local production released this weekend is Joost — Glory Game, a ­documentary about the life of SA rugby’s golden boy, Joost van der Westhuizen.

The world reeled in shock in April 2011 when the news broke that Van der Westhuizen had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND). Anyone who’s seen him in action will know that he’s not one to give up without a fight.

His game-changing prowess as a rugby player is now galvanised in a battle for ­survival and, more importantly, to make a difference to the lives of others with the disease.

Despite specialist assurances that he’d be in a wheelchair in a year and not likely see his 42th birthday, he not only celebrated in style, but took to the skies, travelling internationally with his J9 Foundation to meet the great minds who are working to find a cure.

His quest for a cure is relentless and his spirit has motivated those around him to champion the cause.

International dramas on show this weekend:

• Where Hope Grows, starring Kristoffer Polaha, David DeSanctis and Brooke Burns, about a baseball player whose ­professional career was cut short due to his personal problems. He is suddenly awakened and invigorated by a young man with Down’s syndrome who works at the local grocery store.

• Directed by Francois Girard is Boy Choir, about a troubled and angry 11-year-old ­orphan from a small Texas town who ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom.

Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding choir master (played by Dustin Hoffman) who recognises a unique talent in this young boy as he pushes him to discover his creative heart and soul in music.

• The much-anticipated Paper Towns also releases this weekend. A coming-of-age story centring on Quentin (Nat Wolff) and his enigmatic neighbour Margo (Cara Delevigne), who loved mysteries so much that she became one. The film looks at an understanding on true friendship and true love.

A new Bollywood film is All Is Well starring Abhishek Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Asin and Supriya Pathak.

It’s about a family who go on an emotional journey filled with comic moments, while addressing their own love-hate relationship between each other

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