Young Triffie - This Movie Has 22 Laughs... only
| Mary Walsh’s humour has always been a bit loud and a bit broad. Yes, “loud broad” would be a good way to describe her. Therefore it is no surprise that her films should also be broad and loud. Both are good words to describe her latest film Young Triffie.
Normally, she’s a bit too loud and broad for my tastes. I appreciate her most when she’s nailing some politician to the wall over their own hypocrisy. When she’s just going off she often speaks to fast to get what she’s saying in her heavy accent, she adds so many flourishes that it’s hard to follow, and usually the punchline doesn’t live up to the wait. Put on the Xena outfit and we’ll have a good time!
Young Triffie is a bit like that. There are quite a few funny bits but the rest seems like too much. It’s non stop and, dare I say it, a bit too intellectual for the average film goer. Comedy audiences usually don’t want to have to use their brains at quite such a lightning pace and a good, smart comedy will balance that. Triffie would have benefited from a bit slower pace.
This is not to say the film is overly intellectual. While it does have some heavy handed concepts flying at you quick and dirty, it’s also filled with physical comedy. Again this isn’t one of my favourite things in a comedy. Watching someone bonk their noggin makes a lot of people laugh but I’ve never really got the joke. Still, it all seems like it fits together; long winded and heavy concept joke followed by trip down the stairs.
Then there is the problematic title. Yes, it really is such an obscure title that no one passing a movie poster would bother investing the effort into considering seeing the film. It’s almost like they are daring people not to see the flick, n’est-ce pas?
The cast is strong. Some of Canada’s funniest are in it and when they get a chance to be funny they score. Andrea Martin, Colin Mochrie and Rémy Girard (who is an underrated comedian in my opinion) are all good in their supporting roles and Fred Ewanuick is different enough from his Corner Gas role that you don’t just see Hank. Then there is Mary who, like the movie, is great when she nails it, but too often a bit too much. Maybe I just like my comedy subtler, and I do love you Mary, but I just needed a little less Triffie.
While not bad, Young Triffie is also not that memorable. Check it out one night when there’s nothing else to rent but don’t make a special trip for Triffie.