The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Written by: Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, Peter Baynham
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr. 23 min
Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen) finds his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong), and becomes embroiled in an international plot to cull the world’s population. Think 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, only with a lot more humor centered in, up, and around people’s nether regions.
To say The Brothers Grimsby is crude, is an understatement. It’s also quite stupid and frequently doesn’t make any sense. The brief moments of action are incomprehensible, and the film’s political incorrectness isn’t clever, just blatant and obnoxious. It’s easy to say something offensive, but takes real comic talent to make a tasteless joke even its victim finds funny.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedic sensibilities in this film, simply strive to make you feel uncomfortable. Simultaneously calling Grimsby folk inbred free-loading lager drinking football hooligans, while also claiming they’re the salt of the earth. This isn’t edgy and smart, it’s selfish and insulting. The humor in this is also frequently contrived to juxtapose people and events in service of a joke (which often fail), rather than naturally find the fun within the film’s admittedly decent premise.
If you love crude tasteless humor, then you’ll love The Brothers Grimsby. If you don’t, and have never really found Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy stylings funny, then stay away. This film is rated R for extremely crude sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use.
This film isn’t worth seeing on the big screen. A rental to watch on any device you like will service this film decently enough.
Crudest Moment: << spoilers! >>
Nobby and Sabastian hide from the bad guys inside a female elephant (yes you read that right), who is then accosted by a long line of randy male elephants.