Trailer Park Boys the Movie - Buying the Cow

Alliance Atlantis
Duration: 95min
Category: comedy
Available: On DVD
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There are two types of films based on television series. The first is the kind, very popular now, where an entirely new cast and creative team reinterprets an old idea on the screen. Think of The Dukes of Hazard or The Fugitive for two very different examples.

The second, which is rarely done well, is where the cast and creative team of a current television series bring that show to the big screen. When this is done well, it can be very good. Think of South Park The Movie. However, more often than not, this is done poorly and the show suffers because of this. The best example of this would be the ill conceived X-Files film.

A good adaptation of a running TV show manages to capture everything that is great about the series and encapsulate it into a roughly two hour time frame. Trailer Park Boys The Movie is essentially just like every episode of the series but longer. While this doesnít turn the Canadaís favourite trashy boys into cinematic legends, it certainly makes for a very laughable one and a half hours.

Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are up to their regular tricks and surrounded by the usual suspects. Donít expect anything groundbreaking here. Itís as if one of their episodes was stretched out over the longer time frame. This isnít necessarily a bad thing. The film doesnít feel stretched. They just spend more time getting high and committing crimes.

However, if youíve seen one episode of their show youíve seen their film. The film puts into perspective just how little these guys are working with. Itís not like the characters evolve or anything ever really happens to them. This is the same idea played over and over and it makes you ask the question why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Specifically, why pay for it at the movies if you can watch it on TV?

If you are a fan of the Boys you will enjoy the film. If you are curious about the show this might be a good introduction although you can always tune in on cable for free and get the exact same thing. Still, you will get some laughs and a relatively good time no matter how you see it.

Review By: Collin Smith

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