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Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't
Legalize It (2014)
Reportedly developed from Clattenburg's short 1998 film and his low-budget small screen movie, Trailer Park Boys, produced the following year, the notoriously vulgar and uncensored adult TV series of the same name essentially grew from the premise that East Coast alcoholic criminal Julian hired a small film crew to document his crooked antics and life in and out of prison with his law-ignoring Sunnyvale Trailer Park cohorts Ricky and Bubbles as a caution to others. The hit show ran nationally in Canada for seven seasons on Showcase Television, winning the 2004 Gemini Award for Best Comedy Program or Series and the 2005 Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. It also spawned the three-time Genie Award-winning theatrical movie, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie - aka Trailer Park Boys: The Big Dirty (2006) - and its first big screen sequel, Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009). On-demand internet media giant Netflix recently announced its exclusive continuation of the original television series in 2014.
What can I say? Love 'em or hate 'em, the Trailer Park Boys are undeniable Canadian comedic icons. The latest sequel, Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It, continues this famously droll franchise's irreverently uproarious, swear-lathered laughs with Sunnyvale's motley cast of trashy stereotypes gathering at the local dump to pay awkward respects to Ricky's dearly departed Dad, before Clattenburg and Mike O'Neill's continually funny script drops Ottawa's planned legalization of marijuana on Ricky's lucrative one-man pot growing business. Naturally, Ricky explodes into cuss-enraged action to crash the capital's upcoming public hearings on "Parmalent Hill" set for (of course) April 20 - aka 4/20, counter-culture's day of celebrating cannabis. Along with that, movie goers learn more about Julian's latest go at an income stream and evicted Bubbles' possibly life-changing out-of-province waterfront estate, as well as watch Randy witlessly tag along on Lahey's ill-conceived plan of revenge - until somebody gets tasered. True to form, banal and rude sophomoric humour abounds throughout this low-brow comedy of errors. In a good way.
Wells, Tremblay and Smith continue to be effortlessly believable as this starring trio of foul-mouthed yet sporadically decent, perpetually clueless hooligans. Their fully evolved respective performances as Ricky, Julian and Bubbles never fail to surprise and entertain fans, and the erratic spasms of idiotic hijinks they stumble through here succeed at remaining laughable long after the final credits roll. I'm still chuckling at Julian's scheme of siphoning the local military base's plumbing to make a fortune selling big city drug test cheating substance abusers rubber penises filled with untainted "liquid gold". Too funny. It's also a treat watching John Dunsworth and Patrick Roach riff off of each other in character as Lahey and Randy. Their gas station bathroom scene is classic, side-splitting genius. Top marks also go to co-writer/director Clattenburg and cinematographer Jeremy Benning for cleverly maintaining the long-established and unpolished look and feel that seamlessly meshes traditionally-shot and carefully edited scenes with 4th Wall-smashing, reality TV-style confessionals. Good stuff.
Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It likely won't be the sequel of the year for every movie buff, but it's definitely a riotously entertaining guilty pleasure of guttural Canadian humour for diehard fans. Check it out, and watch for the boys' upcoming big screen spin-off, Swearnet: The Movie. Reviewed 04/14, © Stephen Bourne, moviequips.ca.
Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize
It is rated 14A by the Ontario Film Review Board, citing excessive
use of expletives, coarse language, slurs, sexual references,
illustrated or verbal references to drugs, alcohol or tobacco,
substance abuse, tobacco use, and restrained portrayals of non-graphic
violence, and is rated 13+ by la Régie du Cinéma
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