Dirty Sanchez: The Movie

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Review byMatthew Turner20/09/2006

Three out of Five stars
Running time: 100 mins

This is by no means for everyone, but it succeeds on its own terms, delivering plenty of laughs and several reach-for-the-sickbag moments.

What's it all about?
There is, believe it or not, a plot of sorts. The Dirty Sanchez boys, Pritchard, Dainton, Pancho and Joycey get killed during one of their madcap stunts (driving a car through a caravan) and get sent to Hell, where the Devil (a cameo by Howard Marks) tells them they can have another chance at life if they commit all seven deadly sins.

The boys duly set off and perform the different sins in different countries, so we get wrath in Britain (turning the sleeping Pancho into the Hulk by painting him green and making him angry), anger in Moscow (Pritchard getting hit by over 100 paintballs in the mistaken belief that he's breaking a world record), pride in Tokyo (where they take on their Japanese equivalents, the Shock Boys) and so on.

The Good
If you thought Jackass was bad, then you'll want to steer well clear, because these guys are like the Jackass boys, only without their sense of self-preservation. Consequently, anything goes, as the boys are only too happy to inflict copious amounts of pain, embarrassment and humiliation on themselves and each other.

What makes it work is the interaction between the four guys, as well as the occasional reflective moment such as when Pritchard drunkenly admits that his constant battles of one-upmanship with Dainton are beginning to take their toll.

The Bad
Be assured, this is emphatically not for the squeamish and you may want to have a sick-bag handy. Their worst excesses include Pancho getting an anaesthetic-free liposuction operation and the boys having a bizarre lottery system for who gets to drink his body fat afterwards. You have been warned.

Worth seeing?
Fans of the show are unlikely to be disappointed, but newcomers should be aware of what they're letting themselves in for.

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