There is a long, and not always proud, tradition of beloved Britcoms decamping to foreign climates for big screen adaptations. For every quality movie like both Between two outputs and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa there is a On the buses leaf through or a Mrs. Brown D’Movie’s Boys.
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This film release for the BAFTA-winning BBC mock documentary Three about a group of distraught buddies who run a garage music radio station in west London falls into the second category.
We get back to the motley crew at Korupt FM after they scored a monster hit in Japan after one of their tracks was used in a wacky game show (what else?).
Watch our interviews with the cast of People do nothing: big in Japan
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Seeking to finally cash in on the fame that has long eluded them, they reunite the group and head to Tokyo for a comedy about the shock of growing fish out of the water that really can’t transform the limited appeal of the water. TV show in a movie.
The series was certainly indebted to people like Office, Tower block dreams and Alan Partridge, but the film takes Spinal Tap as inspiration to such an extent that even Nigel Tufnel would notice.
Too many of the show’s best lines are recycled for film, and there is over-reliance on gags about Britons abroad, bewildered by the very good manners of their Japanese hosts, which include a man from the Super skillful A&R record company and its sickening PA compliant.
More Goldie Lookin Chain than So Solid Crew, the boys of Korupt FM are a sympathetic bunch of dope and rascal but they are sorely disappointed by a script that lacks the funny beats and bones.
Alan Corr @ CorrAlan2