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.”
Game of Thrones
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Hair loss explained: How and why men go bald
- 2 Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe the Stark may have a twin sister
- 3 Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
- 4 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
- 5 Russia 'accidentally reveals' number of its soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine
Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe the Stark may have a twin sister
Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie: Jared Leto's now more petrifying when out of his Joker make-up
Novel Scarlett Johansson tried to ban, Grégoire Delacourt’s The First Thing You See, to be published in UK
The Girl in the Spider's Web, David Lagercrantz, review: Stieg Larsson's heroes return in a thrilling new intrigue
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs