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:: You And Your Stupid Mate

This Australian take on the Dumb and Dumber concept is written by Mark O’Toole and popular comedian Dave O’Neill, who both helped make Full Frontal a success for so many years. Perhaps that’s why the end result feels more like a collection of comedic sketches rather than a film. Like any skit show it has its share of truly funny moments and some pretty average ones.

Phillip (Nathan Phillips) and Jeffrey (Angus Sampson) have been best mates since they were kids. Now in their twenties, they’re on the dole and living the life they’ve always dreamed of. Phillip has the lead role in the Scout Gang Show, while Jeffrey spends his time on the Internet. To keep busy they do odd jobs around the outer suburban Caravan Park they call home, and every night they grab a snack and settle in to watch their favourite soapie, Sons and Surf.

Then one awful day, the government reveals a plan to demolish the Caravan Park, Sons and Surf is axed, and Centrelink finally catches up with them. Their terrible fate…Work For The Dole. This is enforced by overwrought caseworker Peter, an entertaining character played by William McInnes that just gets more bizarre as the film progresses. The boys consider it their person duty to save Sons and Surf, and in particular its kind and beautiful lead character Emma (Madeleine West), to protect their home, and somehow escape Centrelink.

The supporting cast is a line-up of well-known Australian actors and comedians including Akmal Saleh in the Sons and Surf TV crew and writer Dave O’Neill in Khaki Shorts as Arkayla, the ScoutMaster. Ex-Neighbours star Madeleine West appropriately plays a soap actress, though this gives her only limited scope to show off her comedic talents.

You and Your Stupid Mate doesn’t push any new boundaries in the ‘Stupid’ genre and unfortunately misses a potential fan-base with its 15+ rating. The humour is lowbrow but not shocking, unique or particularly funny. The losers in this film may not be go-getters, but they do have their own ambitions and are far from complete idiots. Phillip and Jeffrey have innocence and ‘Aussie-ness’ that is endearing, but not quite enough to carry a feature film.