The Dudesons Movie (2006)
Finland / English
"The Dudesons Movie" is an extreme stunts comedy that features the wild antics of four hilarious, lifelong friends and their crazy lives in the Arctic Circle.
Stunts in the Finnish countryside
This film is in many ways puerile. And it is over the top. And I did
snigger and indeed laugh for the full 75 minutes. It's a great deal of
fun and, despite the physical injuries the Dudesons regularly sustain,
rather life-enhancing they simply enjoy everything they do so much.
It is an intensely physical film, and for different reasons,
unsuitable for male teenagers, the squeamish, or Britney Spears fans.
(Presumably some people fall in all three categories.)
Although the dialogue is in English throughout and the film clearly
hopes to find an American audience it is many ways quite a Finnish
experience. The emphasis on landscapes and the changing seasons is part
of that. So is the un-self-consciousness about bodily functions, taken
perhaps to an extreme that an Anglo-Celtic audience may find
surprising. I doubt that there are many cultures where people who
perform stunts might be trainee teachers but perhaps that's one of
the lesser-known strengths of the Finnish education system?
Seven out of ten.
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