A Few Best Men is a product of the writer (Dean Craig) and producers responsible for the chaotic Death at a Funeral and the director of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Stephan Elliott. The movie opens with an idyllic holiday in Tuvalu where two lovebirds, David (Xavier Samuel), a Londoner “backpacker” – and Mia (Laura Brent), a daughter of a prominent politician from Sydney, meet and decide to get married after a short holiday fling.
After his return to London, David tells of the (good) news to his four best mates, the easy-going Tom (Kris Marshall), a neurotic Graham (Kevin Bishop) and a heartbroken Luke (Tim Draxl) whose fiancée left him for a possibly penis-less man. The group of friends then travelled to Sydney to meet Mia’s distinguished family – not after Tom, Graham and Luke made a detour to a dodgy drug dealer in the Blue Mountains area outside Sydney so the friends can enjoy David’s buck’s night. As expected things go horribly wrong – and similar to Death at a Funeral the movie involves “waste product” and the unpredictable effect of drugs on various characters in the movie. It also involves some humour revolving around Ramsey, a fat male sheep considered to be the political mascot for Mia’s father, Senator Jim Ramme (Jonathan Biggins).
This movie has its funny moments but it is very chaotic in the second half of the movie – the typical “Englishness” of the main characters are contrasted against the Australian backdrop. In a role reversal, it is the Brits who are uncivilised and easy-going whereas the Aussie characters are portrayed as the seemingly prim-and-proper distinguished bunch (with some exceptions, like the quite effectively funny Rebel Wilson as Mia’s sister, Daphne.). Towards the end, it’s as if the writer just opens the floodgates of chaos as everything and anything is thrown into the story, minus the kitchen sink. It is tied nicely in the end, but it’s like caught in a heavy tropical downpour that lasts for 45 minutes and then suddenly replaced by a sunny weather – you end up asking yourself, “What was that all about?”. I also can’t help feeling that I have seen some of the funny tricks at Death at a Funeral.
This movie is funny but very chaotic towards the end – and if you take offence against references on drugs or alternative lifestyles, you should probably give this movie a miss.
A Few Best Men opens in Australia on 26 January 2012.