Movie Review: A Few Best Men

I love British movies and I love Australian movies. Not for the same reasons; I love British movies because whenever they open their mouths it’s heaven, but I love Australian movies because nine times out of ten they’re so horrible all you can do is laugh. 
When I first saw the trailer for “A Few Best Men” and saw that it was both British AND Australian, I knew I had to go see it. The fact that the main character was the extremely attractive Xavier Samuel, and one of his best friends was the guy who played Colin, God Of Sex from Love Actually had nothing at all to do with it. 


The basic plot of the movie is that David goes backpacking and ends up in Tuvalu (fun fact from geography: the main income for Tuvalu is selling the web address ending .tv to things like Disney) where he meets the lovely and Australian Mia. They have a whirlwind romance and end up engaged. David heads back to England to tell his best friends that they’re going to Australia so he can get married, much to their protests. His best friends are slightly dysfunctional (to say the least) and Mia’s father is a senator and her family super wealthy. They don’t really mix, and hilarity ensures. 


There are more highlights than you can poke a stick at, but one of my personal favourites was Olivia Newton-John as the high-on-cocaine mother-in-law leading the YMCA at the wedding reception. Another stand-out was the best man’s speech which managed to make our slightly shady past as a colony of England hysterical. 


It’s a movie that can only truly be appreciated by Australians, because so many of the jokes are based on us laughing at ourselves. I think if you showed the movie to an American they would just look at you with a blank face. 


My cinema was full, and all spent most of the ninety minute film in stitches. I know there’s a gazillion good movies out at the moment (of course everything good comes out when I have to start year twelve) so you have a lot to choose from, but if you’re after a good laugh, definitely head to see this. If you don’t leave with a massive smile on your face, you should probably have a hard look at yourself. It’s a definite ten out of ten for me, though there are few bits that might make you uncomfortable if you’re seeing it with your parents, so I’d think about heading with friends.


A Few Best Men is rated MA15+ and is out in cinemas nationally. 


frangipani princess xoxo

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