Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000) – Film Review

Kevin & Perry Go Large Movie PosterKevin & Perry Go Large

Starring Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke

Directed by Ed Bye

IMDB Rating: 5.4

This noughties comedy was actually quite popular in Britain when it came out. However, looking back, this really is the lowest form of British comedy. And not in a good way.

Kevin (Enfield) and Perry (Burke) are two 15-year-old boys desperate to lose their virginity. All they think about is girls and fame, and in the parts in between they dream of being international DJs. In a magazine they hear about Ibiza, a magical place where girls sleep with everyone, especially international DJs! They convince their parents to take them, giving the two kids the ultimate chance to to achieve their wildest sex/DJ dreams.

This is a very crude spoof on general teenage angst towards finally having sex, without actually having any sense of realism whatsoever. The jokes themselves are very repetitive, however this does create very distinctive characters. However much I was watching and thought ‘this is just stupid’ I still found myself speaking and acting like them while watching. You can’t help it, it’s catchy. But if pop music has taught us anything over the last few years, it’s that catchy doesn’t mean good. Kevin and Perry (note: Perry is played by a woman) are very distinctive characters, albeit wrong. If they’re not just flat out wrong, they’re definitely dated.

This movie shouldn’t reflect too badly on Enfield and Burke themselves, as they are both very respected people in British TV comedy. The performances are okay. I mean, I don’t think they’ve got anything wrong in this film, it’s just the characters that have been created (by Harry Enfield, to be fair) that are so silly.

This film definitely had a director. I don’t really remember what he did though. I guess he did okay, I was just distracted by my disappointment. I was really hoping this would be funny!

While there are some funny moments in this movie, they are lost in a sea of slapstick of the lowest common denominator. I wouldn’t really recommend this to anyone, unless you’re an American (or other country) who’s sick and tired of Britain taking over the cultural world and want to show everyone how bad we really are.

Worse film I’ve ever seen? Probably not quite. Most annoying film? Quite possibly.

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