Starring: Martin Maloney, Chris Tordoff, Peter Cassidy
Director: Mike Cockayne
Running Time: 89 mins
The Hardy Bucks Movie is an Irish film about a group of friends who set out on a road trip to Poland to watch Ireland at the Euros, but get sidetracked after a wild night out in Amsterdam on the way.
This film is pretty much as moronic and stupidly laddish as things get, so I was expecting to be gritting my teeth while sitting through an hour and a half of vulgar and juvenile idiocy. However, The Hardy Bucks Movie is a really pleasant surprise, and while it does have all the stupidity of a lads’ road trip movie, it’s a surprisingly likable and often even restrained movie, particularly when compared to many others in the same genre.
Of course, the similarities between The Hardy Bucks Movie and something like EuroTrip are evident, but I remain a huge fan of EuroTrip to this day. Perhaps it’s the fact that there’s a little less focus on acting like thirteen year olds and a little more story in trying to get to the destination, but there’s something about these late night comedies that works a whole lot better when set on the road.
I say that because, while The Hardy Bucks Movie is undeniably moronic and laddish, it’s eternally more entertaining than the likes of American Pie, where the sole intention of the movie is to ‘shock’ with as much teen gross-out humour as possible, which is never, ever funny.
This film, however, has actual characters and an actual story. That’s not to say that it’s a piece of screenwriting genius, as you can see all of the mishaps throughout coming a mile off, taking away some of the raucous excitement of the plot, but with a contained group of four or five main characters that aren’t quite as stupid as they appear from the outside, I had a lot of fun with this film at times.
The performances also go a long way to making that all work well, with Martin Maloney and Peter Cassidy proving likably level-headed leads, while Chris Tordoff entertains as the group’s most moronic member. However, as all of those performances are actually rather self-aware, the movie is able to reign in its sheer idiocy, and poke fun at its own moronic sensibilities instead, which I had a lot more fun with.
Of course, if you want a ridiculous and simplistic road trip comedy, then The Hardy Bucks Movie has all the laughs you need. Although it pales in comparison to EuroTrip, which does the same story a whole lot better, it is still a very fun movie that you can sit back and enjoy with your brain turned completely off, and that’s why I’m giving it a 7.3 overall.