4 out of 10
Release Date: 27th April 2012
Cast: Bob Hoskins, Calum MacNab, Phil Davis, Jenny Agutter, Emily Atack, Adam Deacon, Terry Stone, Jason Maza, Dudley Sutton, Kate Magowan, Perry Benson, Richard Blackwood, Monserrat Lombard, Mark Cooper Harris, Rebecca Ferdinando, Linda Robson with Vincent Regan and Rita Tushingham
Writer: Nigel Smith
Trailer: OUTSIDE BET
Does anybody out there remember the 1980s? I don’t think anyone involved with the making of Outside Bet was old enough to have been alive back then. I was and I can tell you we didn’t all sit around in brown over jackets having pub sing-songs and listening to Mario Lanza on a wind up phonograph. Set in the wrong decade, Outside Bet is a reasonably good attempt at trying to recapture the telly programmes of the 60s and 70s that we used to live off in the 80s. That’s about all it’s got in common with the day-glo decade. That major whinge out the way, I’ll continue.
A bunch of printers buy a racehorse in the 1980s. Some of them are up for redundancy and other’s aren’t. Old lag, Threads (PHIL DAVIS – DOUGH) is dying and it’s his last dying wish to part own a racehorse. So the likely lads buy The Mumper and try to take their minds of the impending strikes.
This aims to be 2012‘s answer to Spotswood, Brassed Off or Made In Dagenham but it suffers from a terminally dull plotline and a large dose of sleepwalking acting. There’s a real mix of talent as reliable old hands like Davis, Bob Hoskins (MONA LISA), Dudley Sutton (TIN) and Jenny Agutter (CAPTAIN AMERICA 2) sail through the rote material with ease, whilst younger players like Callum MacNab (COMEDOWN) and Adam Deacon (TO DREAM) make heavy weather of stock characters. MacNab’s lead is played with a tin ear and stone shoes. He was farily good in The Firm remake but here he says all his lines like he’s a cockney ‘speak and spell’. With such a charmless lead, the film just plods around in search of an ounce of charm.
Bob Hoskins appeared in his fair share of shit of the years, so it’s a shame to report that his last released film is an another ‘also-ran’. Flat jokes, naff-songs from a different decade and a lack of common sense make for a disappointing film. I’ve seen it twice now – the second time was to remind myself of what happened as it’s so slight.
Fans of Britpic stalwarts like Deacon, Terry Stone (SHANK), Vincent Regan (THE LONDON FIRM) and Jason Maza (FISH TANK) may be interested in seeing them in an easy going ‘comedy’ (none of the jokes fly) as opposed to terrorising everyone in a gangster / football flick, but other than that it’s nothing to write home about.
3.5 out of 10 – RIP Bob Hoskins – not the swansong we were expecting. Ealing it ain’t.
WHAT HAVE SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Bob Hoskins: Snow White & The Huntsman, Made In Dagenham, Doomsday, Sparkle (2007), Hollywoodland, Garfield 2 (voice), Outlaw (2007), Paris Je T’Aime, Stay, Mrs Henderson Presents, Son Of The Mask, Unleashed, Beyond The Sea, Maid In Manhattan, Enemy At The Gates, Last Orders, A Room For Romeo Brass, Felicia’s Journey, Parting Shots, TwentyFourSeven, Michael (1996), The Secret Agent, Nixon, Rainbow, Super Mario Bros., Blue Ice, The Inner Circle, Hook, Shattered, Mermaids, The Favour The Watch and The Very Big Fish, Heart Condition, The Raggedy Rawney, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, A Prayer For The Dying, Mona Lisa, Brazil, The Cotton Club, Pink Floyd – The Wall, The Long Good Friday, Zulu Dawn
- Calum MacNab: Comedown, Just For The Record, The Firm (2009),
- Phil Davis: Paradise UK, Golden Years, Dough, Age of Kill, In The Blood (2015), Silk (TV), Whitechapel (TV), Being Human (TV), Borrowed Time, Fast Girls, Brighton Rock (2011), Another Year, Dead Man Running, Cassandra’s Dream, Just For The Record, The Big I Am, The Baby Juice Express, Notes On a Scandal, Vera Drake, Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Photographing Fairies, Crimetime, I.D. (director), Blue Ice, Alien 3, High Hopes, The Bounty, Quadrophenia
- Jenny Agutter: Tin, Captain America 2, Avenger’s Assemble, Burke & Hare, Glorious 39, Blue Juice, Child’s Play 2, Dark Man, An American Werewolf In London, Equus, The Eagle Has Landed, Logan’s Run (1976), Walkabout, The Railway Children
- Emily Atack: Undead Ibiza, Dad’s Army, Almost Married, Get Lucky, The Inbetweeners (TV)
- Adam Deacon: To Dream, Montana, Babylon (TV), Comedown, Victim, Payback Season,AnuvaHood, Bonded By Blood, Shank, Jack Falls, Everywhere + Nowhere, 4-3-2-1, Adulthood, Kidulthood
- Terry Stone: Away, Bonded By Blood 2, Plastic, Saving Santa (voice), Get Lucky, Outside Bet, Anuvahood, The Holding, Bonded By Blood, Shank, Jack Said, Ten Dead Men, Unarmed and Dangerous, Doghouse, Rise Of The Foot Soldier, Rollin’ With The Nines, Hell To Pay
- Jason Maza: Sexy Bizness, Angel (2015), The Hooligan Factory, Traveller, Little Deaths, Get Lucky, Welcome To The Punch, The Knot, Truth or Dare, The Man Inside (2012), Demons Never Die, Anuvahood, Ten Dead Men, Fit, KickOff, Fish Tank, Shifty, Hush Your Mouth, Rise Of The Footsoldier
- Dudley Sutton: Tin, Cockneys Vs. Zombies, The Shouting Men, Dean Spanley, Eastenders (TV), The Football Factory, The Tichborne Claimant, Lovejoy (TV), Incognito (1997), Orlando, Edward II, The Rainbow, The Devils, The London Connection, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Leather Boys
- Kate Magowan: Winter, Plastic, Eastenders (TV), Fall Of The Essex Boys, Screwed (2011), A Lonely Place To Die, 4-3-2-1. Stardust, Kidulthood, It’s All Gone Pete Tong
- Perry Benson: This Is England ’90 (TV), Borrowed Time, Vinyl, I Anna, Anuvahood, 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
- Richard Blackwood: Angel (2015), The Guvnors, Anuvahood, The Richard Blackwood Show (TV)
- Monserrat Lombard: 8 Minutes Idle, Tower Block, St. Trinians 2
- Rebecca Ferdinando: Art Ache, The Last Scout, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, He Who Dares, Get Lucky, The Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan
- Linda Robson: Anuvahood, Birds Of a Feather (TV), Eastenders (TV),
- Mark Cooper Harris: The Crypt, Bonded By Blood 2, The Coven, Abducted, The Hooligan Wars, GBH, Offender, The Holding
- Lucy Drive: Mob Handed, Full English Breakfast, He Who Dares, Vendetta, Dead End (2013)
- Vincent Regan: Vendetta 2, The London Heist, Top Dog, Vendetta, St. George’s Day, Snow White & The Huntsman, Lock Out, Ghost Rider 2, Bonded By Blood, The Holding, The Big I Am, 300, Hard Men
- Rita Tushingham: The Wee Man, Swing (1999), Under The Skin, The Boy From Mercury, An Awfully Big Adventure, Resurrected, Bread (TV), The Leather Boys