Is Rick Parfitt’s movie any good? Absolutely Quo way!
Not since Run For Your Wife has a Britcom looked like being shot down so comprehensively. Like that turkey, which was “as funny as leprosy”, Bula Quo may not yet have flown across your cultural radar. Here’s what you need to know about the film, another crime caper that swaps South London for Fiji and Danny Dyer for Status Quo – with no added laughs.
Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi play themselves in a movie which shares its name with the band’s recently released studio album (they’ve presumably calculated it can’t harm record sales). On tour in the South Pacific, the hapless rockers get caught up in some, well, let’s let Parfitt explain, as he did at the London premiere on Monday (star guest: Vanessa Feltz).
“It’s quite light-hearted although the actual theme of the film is an underground organisation who get vagrants and tramps in off the street to play Russian roulette. They shoot themselves then have their organs removed and sold on the black market. Then Francis and I get involved and it all gets silly.”
Chases ensue as gangsters pursue the Quo, who are aided by their manager (Craig Fairbrass – the built one off Eastenders way back when) and a young intern played by Laura Aikman, the only actor who gets praise in early reviews for the film, which is released on Friday.
Otherwise, well, they haven’t been good. Time Out calls it “a pub chat that got way out of hand” that even loyal Quo fans will struggle to like, while Total Film slams the “feature-length folly” for its “scrappy, scribbled-on-a-napkin script”.
One scene has been doing the rounds online. Parfitt and Rossi discover a doll with a bomb strapped to it. “It’s a doll!” Francis says. “It’s a bomb!” says Rick. “It’s a blow-up doll!” they shout in unison before running out of the room.
Front magazine did at least find something positive to say: “Make no mistake, Bula Quo is shit, but it’s so much fun it doesn’t matter one bit.”
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