Wednesday 21 February 2018

Road trip with enough rough and tumble to keep the lads entertained

Gavin Burke

WHAT would the Viper make of this? It's a movie premiere in Dublin, horse.

The unlikely has happened. The Hardy Bucks, RTE's dastardly gang of no-hopers, have got their own movie and, like 'The Inbetweeners Movie', take the action on the road.

And the Viper (Chris Tordoff), he of the ever-present shades, is along for the ride, "buck".

It's the summer of 2012 and despite Ireland being tonked by all and sundry at the Euros, Eddie Durkin (Martin Maloney, co-writer of the series) reckons there's craic to be had in Poland.

He rounds up the lads (Peter Cassidy, Owen Colgan and Tom Kilgallon), borrows a van, and hits the road. After an ill-advised detour to Amsterdam, Eddie and co wind up owing a nightclub owner a few grand and are forced to drive drugs across the continent to pay the debt.

It is squarely aimed at the sensibilities of the audience of lads, who won't care about the rough shoot-on-the-fly style. And those unfamiliar with the series or the show it so obviously takes its cue from – Canada's 'Trailer Park Boys' – will wonder what the fuss is about.

'The Hardy Bucks Movie' tries to make you laugh as often as possible, and as Gilesy might say, there's honesty of effort there.

And it stumbles across more truisms of life and love (albeit a little cruder) than Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder', which is also out this week.

"Malick, hey? Sure no one knows what that fella is on about, scan."

Irish Independent

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