Here’s a list of the obviously warm and fuzzy elements in The Brothers Grimsby, in order of significance:
Love of family. Devotion to friends. Conviction to beliefs. Connection to community.
Here’s a list of the potentially offensive segments of the latest installment in the career of Sacha Baron Cohen: Gratuitous sex. Forced sex act with a sibling. Ordered sex act accidentally carried out with the wrong person. Graphic elephant sex. Repeated. AIDS affliction to celebrities and a potential presidential candidate. Sudden fondness for killing. Deep-seated stupidity. Passing along said silliness to offspring. And I may have missed some, depending upon your sensibilities.
Yes, I laughed a time or two at this ridiculous spy comedy in Baron Cohen clothing amid a dozen or so patrons for a Friday night showing in the mid-sized Regal Cinemas’ theater in Syracuse-area Shoppingtown Mall. Mostly, my mirth was of the oh-no variety as the 82 minutes from the mind of writer Baron Cohen unwind.
Here’s his plot. He’s Nobby, living with his ample spouse and a brood of kids and grandkids in the northern England town of Grimsby. There’s a tribute to his younger brother Sebastian, whom he’s not seen such they were 6 and 7. The orphans, you see … well, Nobby did what an older brother thought he must, and Sebastian went on to become a notable and noted spy, it turns out when he finally locates his whereabouts these two decades later.
What follows is a Nobby’s ineptitude, no matter his love for all things national soccer team and his curvy woman, saucy in something only somewhat more than a cameo by Rebel Wilson. Mark Strong plays Sebastian as a strong-willed dude who starts flashing on their years growing up in Grimsby and starts to melt some. Together they caper to conquer the evil forces fronted by a supposed world-saver played by a constantly inwardly steaming Penelope Cruz.
Laugh if you will as they bumble, stumble and gross out.
What’s your threshold for offensive behavior in movies these days? What’s your limits for stupidity in your movies? If you’re a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen movies, which, and why?