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Note that the domestic U.S. release shows a shorter running time than the previous Canadian import, but the film is in fact complete (the import simply counted the supplemental material in the run time). This is a delightfully cheesy film, and it would be unfortunate to cut one, let alone nine, minutes from it.
Right off the bat, I think I should advise that this film was purchased as a gift (it is probably most suited to pre-adolescent boys), but given the oddity of the subject matter, I decided to preview it (to make sure it was a suitable gift for the age range I was buying for, and admittedly out of somewhat morbid curiosity.) As others have mentioned, this is absolutely a one-joke movie, and it wears thin after a short while, yet the pre-teen market will love it. Some of the cast members are very interesting, particularly Stephen Fry as a prosecutor, Simon Callow as an underhanded opera singer, and Ned Beatty as the General in charge of the space program.
The DVD features some extras including two promotional trailers, a very brief "making of" short, and one of the worst music videos I have ever seen.
Kids will love this odorous comedy, while adults will more likely roll their eyes and leave the room. The movie is no masterwork, but taken for what it is it succeeds as harmless entertainment.
Yes, many of the characters are wooden stereotypes, and Ned Beatty is over the top, but they all play well and have fun with their parts. I enjoyed the uplifting storyline of bullied boy becomes hero, the cutthroat rivalry between the two opera singers, and the ingenious and riotous use of repetitive tags throughout the film.
After many travails, little Mr. Smash wearing the same striped shirt all through the film, finally attains his goal of becoming a gastronaut and a hero to boot. This uplifting story ends on a high note and with the fart propulsion employed by the main character gives new meaning to the term "air force."
Anyway, the film is ridiculously funny- the humor is unusual, but at the same time, it is captivating. Kids will love it, parents will too. It's a great family film- even if you've got problems, you can find a way to overcome your feelings and learn to work with your problems.
Within the first weekend of owning the film, I watched it four times- that's how entertaining it is to me.
The only thing that may concern parents is the small amount of profanity . . . when the Americans come to scene! Also, the British slang word "arse" is used to refer to one's rear-end in the film. This is not a curse word, but when the actors say it(in their English accent) it sounds like the "donkey" word.
I would recommend this film, though I cannot say for sure if it will be worth your money to see it. It's one of those movies that you either will love or hate very much.
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