There's a long and not always proud tradition of beloved Britcoms decamping to foreign climes for big screen adaptations. For every quality film such as the two In-Betweeners outings and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa there is an On The Buses flick or a Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie.
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This cinematic outing for the BAFTA-winning BBC Three mockumentary about a group of clueless mates who run a garage music radio station in West London falls into the second category.
We reacquaint ourselves with the motley crew of Korupt FM after they score a freak hit in Japan after one of their tracks is used on a zany (what else?) gameshow.
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Looking to finally enjoy the fame that has long eluded them, they get the band back together and hightail it to Tokyo for a fish out of water culture clash comedy that really can’t stretch the limited appeal of the TV show into a movie.
The series was certainly indebted to the likes of The Office, Tower Block Dreams and Alan Partridge, but the movie takes Spinal Tap as an inspiration to such a wearing extent that even Nigel Tufnel would notice.
Too many of the better lines from the show are recycled for the movie and there’s an overreliance on gags about Brits abroad bemused by the exceedingly good manners of their Japanese hosts, which include a super slick record company A&R man and his cloyingly compliant PA.
More Goldie Lookin Chain than So Solid Crew, the Korupt FM boys are a likeable bunch of dopes and rogues but they’re sorely let down by a script that misses the beats and funny bones.
Alan Corr @CorrAlan2