Separated during childhood, two brothers are given drastically different lives, one is adopted into money and goes on to become a secret agent for MI6, the other a football hooligan living in Grimsby with his girlfriend and 9 children.
Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) stars as Nobby, a man separated from his brother during childhood who's not stopped searching for him, what he doesn't know is that his brother (Mark Strong, Kingsman: The Secret Service) is MI6's top secret agent. When the two reunite, Nobby accidentally compromises his brothers mission and the two go on the run from the MI6 and try to foil a terrorist plot by themselves.
Sacha Baron Cohen is known for his outrageous gross out comedies and Grimsby is no exception to this formula. I found Borat to be a truly funny and somewhat intelligent social commentary on America but none of his other films have matched that films hidden genius and this includes Grimsby which does use stereotypes and genre conventions to it's advantage but just becomes an over the top, gross out comedy that is certainly funny at times but left me feeling disgusted rather than satisfied.
What I can say about Grimsby is that is does achieve what it sets out to do and that is to unsettle and gross out its audience. And if you're not unsettled by seeing Mark Strong get pummeled in the head by an Elephants penis only to be ejaculated on twice by the animal then you may have something wrong with you. In all fairness, the scene is rather funny but there's no getting past the fact that it is legitimately disgusting as are many of the scenes throughout the film. Back onto the aforementioned scene, it's rather upsetting to see an actor such as Mark Strong, one with great films in his portfolio, reduced to something as unintelligent and unsettling as Grimsby.
There are some surprises though, the action scenes are genuinely well done, there's a scene in which we get a first person perspective from Mark Strong's character as he's pursuing and eradicating a group of enemy soldiers which was very entertaining. The film from beginning to end is outrageous and is sure to please those who enjoy extremely crude and graphic humor but if you're not a fan of Baron Cohen's previous films or gross out comedies in general then I urge you to steer clear of this film.
Grimsby is intentionally attempting to do the most disgusting things imaginable on screen, it means to offend and unsettle and it's all quite tasteless and not very clever, it's not a film I left feeling satisfied or happy with what I'd seen. If you're a fan of these types of films then you'll probably have a good time, but where there's usually a line these films border on, Baron Cohen yet again crosses that line excessively.
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