FAT PIZZA Vs HOUSOS | REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

FAT PIZZA VS HOUSOS is just not my thing, I actually detest this kind of humour so thank Zeus I am not reviewing it :). We found a fan in Kernel Jordan, who grew up loving the shows of Paul Fenech. FAT PIZZA VS HOUSOS sees the joining of the two popular bogan shows. Odd story, I was actually asked if I was interested in being an extra in this movie but could not make it :). FPVH is out now on DVD from Transmission Films and the kinds folks at Transmission and TM Publicity have given us four copies of the movie on DVD to giveaway. Enter after reading Jordan’s passionate review. It is rated MA15+ and runs for 96mins. All the best………..JK.

 

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FAT PIZZA VS HOUSOS | SALTY POPCORN DVD REVIEW & GIVEAWAY | DVD COVER IMAGE

 

BY JORDAN DODD 

“They now expect us to WORK for the dole!?!”

I recall long ago, Mondays in high school were always the best, as FAT PIZZA followed SOUTH PARK. At first, it was simply “that insanely funny show that comes on after SouthPark” but as it kept going, it didn’t take long for it to turn into an obsession for many of my schoolmates. I liked it, but didn’t follow it religiously. Paul Fenech, the man behind the madness, starred as pizza delivery guy Pauly. After FAT PIZZA finished up, Fenech was back with a blindingly funny satire of courier work, titled SWIFT AND SHIFT COURIERS. Most recently was HOUSOS, a show about the fictional yet disturbingly realistic dole-bludger suburb of Sunnyvale, where all the residents have trouble speaking a sentence without some sort of expletive.

What is my point then? Paul Fenech was the brains behind all these shows, and in this absurdly over-the-top film, the crew from FAT PIZZA meets the HOUSOS in side-splitting ways. There is nothing deep here, so don’t look for it. There is nothing subtle here, so follow my previous advice.

The first five minutes show the boss of Fat Pizza – Bobo – going to jail… for assaulting a health inspector with a chainsaw. Yes. The movie begins with his release from prison 15 years later, into the comforting arms of his mother, despite the fact he is at least forty. After Bobo has been ripped off by a real estate salesman, he ends up with a new Pizza joint located in Sunnyvale – home to the unemployed – the perpetual dole bludgers of Housos.

 

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FAT PIZZA VS HOUSOS | SALTY POPCORN DVD REVIEW & GIVEAWAY | FAT PIZZA CREW

 

Not long after Bobo has his new pizzeria established (one that doesn’t do margaritas… You PANSY!), we are immediately introduced to one of Sunnyvale’s residents Frankie (one of two characters played by Paul Fenech, one from each show featured in the title). That they look alike plays into the story in great and inventive ways. Walking down a suburban street, Franky suddenly decides to slap the premier, who is doing something for television, with his thong (a flip-flop for you non-Aussies, not a g-banger!).

This starts a truly absurd and hilarious chase involving a stolen courier van, a disabled person giving a ride on his motorised scooter, a chopper joining the chase and finally a go-kart that Franky has hidden in a drainpipe for such an occasion. All this in the first ten or fifteen minutes, and it doesn’t stop there as we are introduced to more of the absurdly yobbo Australians who live in Sunnyvale, such as Dazza and his on-then-off-again partner Shazza, as well as Pauly, the HOUSOS character also played by Fenech. Their older relatives provide laughs as well. Not at all uncommon down under! A bong also gets dismissed for normal smoking after being used in an… Inappropriate way.

I won’t go into too much more detail about the shenanigans that make up the rest of the movie, but it goes without saying that any fan of FAT PIZZA, HOUSOS and/or Paul Fenech have a real treat in store for them. Non-fans, no need to worry!

 

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FAT PIZZA VS HOUSOS | SALTY POPCORN DVD REVIEW & GIVEAWAY | HOUSOS CREW

 

Old jokes are revisited with a new spin, but new material is here aplenty. The movie doesn’t for a second try to take it self seriously, with it winking an eye to the audience many a time. The focus is almost solely on the humour, and it delivers plenty of FAT PIZZA in that department. There are subplots to follow if you feel up to following them, as they are fodder for yet more laughs, but it isn’t really needed to enjoy the film. They just make the film funnier.

Some of these subplots – if you could call them that – include excessive force used by Australian police, which is exaggerated but certainly an issue in Oz today, as well as Centrelink, often spelt with a ‘u’ to replace the ‘e’ by many of us. It is the Australian equivalent of a Welfare Office I guess. We also see the hiring of refugee workers, the obsession with Occupation Health and Safety codes by government employees (which is spot on), as well as the abundance of crack-heads running around streets like those in Sunnyvale. I must say is that for such a chaotically funny movie, there is actually a surprising amount of subplots that are funny in themselves and are easy to follow.

Another great part of FPVH is that it covers Australia’s multicultural background – with offensive stereotypes aplenty, political correctness thrown directly out the window. Despite this, it is honestly hard not to laugh. Especially when a biker gang is led by a smaller person with serious temper issues and a loud, abrasive yell.

 

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As the film movies on, the focus is on ethnic groups supporting each other against the bikies. And of course against this wonderfully multicultural backdrop we have our dole-bludgers, the blundering police, as well as Bobo’s new pizza shop as they all manage to intertwine – causing some very funny results. Much like WHAT WE DID IN THE SHADOWS, I missed a lot of lines as I was laughing too hard.

But again, who cares about the narrative?! This introduces the various characters efficiently enough that their personalities are well-established for even a new viewer, who I watched this with. He loved it. I have a slightly biased perspective, having loved everything Paul Fenech has touched, but goddamn, this is one supremely funny movie. It is perfect mix of everything created by Fenech before this, and is directed by (and of course starring) him. Appropriate.

This is pure, unfiltered Australian comedy at its most unrestrained. Have a watch, have a laugh, learn some funny stuff about our crazy world! The film makes fun of our culture and exaggerates it with reckless abandon but also has some serious points lying beneath the anarchy if you want to dig for them.

 

4 Pops

 

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