Sunday, August 3, 2014

Year 3 Day 89

movie: Trailer Park Boys 3 Don't Legalize It
starring: Robb Wells, Mike Smith
genre: Comedy, Drama,
year: 2014
format: Shaw Video On Demand

plot: Bubbles learns that his parents have died and left him a house in Ontario, Julian has gotten into a drug related business, while Ricky learns that the Canadian government is seriously considering legalizing the growing and selling of pot; which upsets him. The three decide to take a trip mid-way across Canada to deal with these issues, all the while unaware that Mr. Lahey and Randy have set them up for a drug bust.

This is said to be the final installment of the movie series of the franchise. But, with seasons 9 and 10 about to be released, you have to wonder?

I really liked this movie. It played more like a season of the show, which gave it a bit of a body that the two previous films (Big Dirty and Countdown to Liquor Day) just seemed to be lacking.

These are such iconic characters, with a soap opera like history to them, that if you are a fan you can't help but sit back and be saying at any given time "that is so Ricky/Julian/Bubbles" etc.  I think part of the appeal of the whole thing is that at any point, you know you're nodding and seeing either elements of yourself or people you know/knew.

There is a strange balance of complete immaturity and basic need to get by. The growth of the characters never completely happens, at lest not during the hour and a half given to this film. It will only be noticeable if you have been a fan of the tv show and previous films. In other words, this just is not a stand alone film. Which is part of it's charm. 

It's never really clear on if it's actually in favour of the legalization or not?  It makes arguments for both sides of the actual law, in it's own mixed up Ricky-ish way.  I think that's another piece of it's over-all appeal; that you have a serious topic handled in an offbeat but respectable way.

I could literally just sit here for another twenty minutes going on about how much apart of the Canadian landscape the Trailer Park Boys have become, but I'm just going to say rent it.

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