Magazine article Screen International

Keith Lemon - the Film

Magazine article Screen International

Keith Lemon - the Film

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Dir: Paul Angunawela. UK. 2012. 82mins

It is a perilous route taking television comedy characters onto the big screen, and while last year's film adaptation of the E4 TV sitcom The Inbetweeners bucked the trend by taking more than £45million (more than $71.3m) at the UK box office, it is unlikely that the equally low-brow, but far less clever, Keith Lemon - The Film will replicate its success.

There are few cringe-worthily enjoyable moments, but these are no really enough to justify the feature-length treatment.

And with national comedy always the hardest of product to transfer out of home territory it is unlikely the film - which is sprinkled with cameos that Brits may know, but really only has David Hasselhoff and Verne Troyer for international audiences - will sell readily on the world marketplace. There are a few broad and amusing moments while the shapely Kelly Brook (who featured in Piranha 3DD and plenty of UK TV appearances) is to be applauded for poking fun at her pin-up reputation. She deserves to find a good screen role.

The Inbetweeners, which opened last August in the UK (clearly local distributor Lionsgate had that in mind when it chose the release date), showed the producers that the old tradition of film spin-offs from popular television series could still be successful. But to lure audiences a feature-length plot and smart dialogue is needed...sadly Keith Lemon - The Film favours easy bodily function gags, ogling of women and the appearance by yet another minor celebrity when things start to slow up.

The Keith Lemon character was created by comedian Leigh Francis and features on television on ITV in the UK. His key personality traits are shrieking obscenities, long-blonde hair and an orange tan and a genial sense of bad taste. In the film version he is a Yorkshire businessman whose plans for global success with his car security product fall apart, despite the support of girlfriend Rosie (Laura Aikman) and sidekick Douglas Orange (Kevin Bishop). …

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