5 out of 10
Release Date: 18th March 2011
Director: Adam Deacon & Daniel Toland
Cast: Adam Deacon, Richie Campbell, Jazzie Zonzolo, Femi Oyeniran, Ollie Barbieri, Michael Vu, Linda Robson, Perry Benson, Jason Maza, Michael Maris, Ashley Chin, Bhasker Patel, Eddie Kadi, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace with Paul Kaye, Jaime Winstone, Terry Stone, Richard Blackwood and Ashley Walters
I is, like, so grateful for this movie innit because it shows that the ubiquitous Adam Deacon (JACK FALLS), who directs, writes and stars, has a good sense of humour. In all of his other movies he is serious to the point of constipation. His output has been variable but he was the breakout actor from the Kidulthood / Adulthood double punch, so this indicated him as one to watch. Anuvahood is not a scary movie style spoof thankfully, it’s got a straight narrative and it is basically situation comedy. It essentially lampoons everything we’ve been conditioned to take as standard in movies like Sket and Shank. Here’s the crucial thing though, is it funny? I’d say half the time the jokes are on point. They are mostly predictable, definitely and refreshingly un-pc. The cast is variable, Adam Deacon’s fam are my main complaint with an over the top performance by Jazzi Zonzolo, which is all gurns and ticks and a really lame one by Ollie Barbieri (SKINS) as a Spanish exchange student. Adam Deacon plays Kenneth or K (as he insists) and he basically a waste man, who desperately wants to be a top boy MC but mostly spends his days hanging out with his four stupid friends. He meets a said Spanish student and takes him under his wing tryig to impress him with how much of a bad man he is. To his parents dismay he packs up his job in Laimsbury’s to become a musician and has to avoid local bad man, Tyrone (RITCHIE CAMPBELL – THE FIRM – 2009) and try to find a girl to hang with. The film is littered with 300 cameos from Adam Deacon‘s other movies. Having fun with one or two scenes at most between them are Ashley Walters (BULLET BOY), Richard Blackwood (OUTSIDE BET), Paul Kaye (BLACKBALL), Terry Stone (THE HOLDING) and Jaime Winstone (ELFIE HOPKINS).
The plot for what its worth just bounces from one fray to the next, but its the energy that makes this a success. I know guys that swear this is the funniest Britpic in decades and they love this urban genre of movie, so from that point of view I’d agree. It’s a refreshing take on a repetitive type of film. A bit of light amongst all the darkness. There’s a lot of shouting and you have to be up on your street slang to be able to decipher some of the proceedings. It could have been funnier for me, but on the whole it’s an apt and welcome twist. So far I think this is the only comedy to come out of the urban staple. If it’s the only one it may get a cult following over the years. One to reach for for an easy watch.
5 out of 10 – HILARIOUS for some… Half funny for me. But a true original as I write. Credit to Adam Deacon for displaying another side to urban life, although its a comedic and broad take.
WHAT HAVE IS SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- Adam Deacon: To Dream, Montana, Babylon (TV), Comedown, Outside Bet, Victim, Payback Season, Shank, Bonded By Blood, Jack Falls, Everywhere + Nowhere, 4-3-2-1, Adulthood, Kidulthood, Wilderness
- Richie Campbell: The Last Photograph, Krish And Lee, Anti-Social, Montana, Get Lucky, Victim, Fast Girls, Sket, The Firm (2009), Wilderness
- Jazzie Zonzolo: It’s a Lot
- Femi Oyeniran: Taking Stock, The Intent, It’s a Lot, Demons Never Die, Adulthood, Kidulthood
- Ollie Barbieri: Blood Money (2015), Skins (TV)
- Linda Robson: Birds of a Feather (TV), Outside Bet, Eastenders (TV)
- Perry Benson: This Is England ’90 (TV), Benidorm (TV), Get Santa, Borrowed Time, Vinyl, I Anna, Outside Bet, This Is England ’86 (TV), Somers Town, Mum & Dad, Dead Cert, This Is England, Mr In-Between, The Last Resort, Love Honour and Obey, Final Cut, Sid & Nancy, Scum
- Jason Maza: Sexy Biznizz, Angel (2015), #Legacy, The Hooligan Factory, Traveller, Little Deaths, Get Lucky, Welcome To The Punch, The Knot, Truth or Dare, The Man Inside (2012), Outside Bet, Demons Never Die, Anuvahood, Ten Dead Men, KickOff, Fit, Fish Tank, Shifty, Hush Your Mouth, Rise Of The Footsoldier, Life and Lyrics
- Michael Maris: Anti-Social, Gone Too Far, Victim, Sket, Zebra Crossing
- Ashley Chin: The Intent, Snow In Paradise, Gone Too Far, Plastic, Starred Up, Victim, Cherry Tree Lane, Sket
- Bhasker Patel: Emmerdale (TV), Demon Baby, Gone Too Far, Twenty8K, The Man Inside (2012), Junkhearts, Kidulthood, Twin Town, My Son The Fanatic, Brothers In Trouble, Wild West
- Eddie Kadi: Gone Too Far, It’s a Lot
- Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace: Celebrity Big Brother (TV), Big Brother 2006 (TV)
- Paul Kaye: Tomorrow (2016), Pan, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel (TV), Lilyhammer (TV), Blackwood, Dracula Untold, 8 Minutes Idle, Pusher (2012), Malice In Wonderland, The Big I Am, Blackball, It’s All Gone Pete Tong, Cody Banks 2, Very Important Dennis Pennis (TV)
- Jaime Winstone: The Last Photograph, Love Rosie, The Powder Room, uwantme2killhim? Elfie Hopkins, Wild Bill (2012), Made In Dagenham, Dead Set (TV), Kidulthood, Donkey Punch
- Terry Stone: Away, Bonded By Blood 2, Plastic, Saving Santa (voice), Get Lucky, Outside Bet, Anuvahood, The Holding, Shank, The Big I Am, Jack Said, Ten Dead Men, Unarmed and Dangerous, Doghouse, Rise Of The Foot Soldier, Rollin’ With The Nines, Hell To Pay
- Richard Blackwood: Krish and Lee, Eastenders (TV), Angel (2015), The Guvnors, Outside Bet, The Richard Blackwood Show (TV)
- Ashley Walters: Erasure, Take Down, Montana, All Stars, St. George’s Day, Demons Never Die, Sket, Top Boy (TV), Speed Racer, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, Life & Lyrics, Goal, Stormchaser– Alex Rider, Bullet Boy