Film review | A Few Best Men - Wedding-day jitters for badly groomed Brits Down Under
A raunchy in-your-face wedding comedy in The Hangover vein, A Few Best Men dispatches an English groom-to-be and three blundering chums on a disaster-laden trip to his nuptials in Australia.
When laid-back Brit David (Xavier Samuel) invites best friends Tom, Graham and Luke to his Sydney wedding to holiday girlfriend Mia (Laura Brent), he doesn’t realise that his fiancée is the daughter of a wealthy Australian senator. Anxious to impress his future in-laws, David is helpless to prevent his mates from causing disaster at every turn. While recently dumped Luke (Tim Draxl) goes on a calamitous champagne bender, insouciant Tom (Kris Marshall) and uptight Graham (Kevin Bishop) accidentally make off with both a drug-dealer’s cocaine stash and the politician’s prize ram mascot.
Of course, we’ve seen these kind of farcical shenanigans umpteen times before, but even when director Stephan Elliott (best known for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) blatantly telegraphs the gags well in advance most of them still prove to be funny when they arrive. Besides, how can you resist a film in which Aussie national treasure Olivia Newton-John as the bride’s mother lets her hair down for a raucous, cocaine-fuelled jag?
On general release from Friday 31st August.