Two Little Boys

Two Little Boys

(2012)

Friends for life!

Black comedy about Nige, his best mate Deano, and their inept efforts to cover up an accidental death after a hit and run. Stars Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie and Hamish & Andy's Hamish Blake. Directed by Robert Sarkies (ScarfiesOut of the Blue), based on a novel written by his brother Duncan.... More

Nige (McKenzie) runs over and accidently kills a Scandinavian soccer star in an unfortunate incident involving a hot meat pie, a ginger cat and a policeman. He chucks the body in a nearby road-works hole and runs to his best mate of 15 years, Deano (Blake). But Deano's not the guy you should turn to in a crisis...Hide

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With Scarfies, Out of the Blue and his episodes of grievously-overlooked sci-fi series This is not My Life, Robert Sarkies (along with his writing sibling Duncan) is a Kiwi filmmaking treasure. Sadly, the brothers’ return to black comedy does not add anything to their reputation. ... More

While their relationship is central to the film, we hardly ever get to see blissful idiot Nige (Bret McKenzie) and Deano (Hamish Blake) as actual mates, making it difficult to care about their bloke-mantic relationship and, consequently, Two Little Boys’ murder cover-up scenario. For a good 95% of the film, they’re at each other’s necks, fuelled by the bruv triangle completed by Nige’s new BFF Gav. This conflict wouldn’t be a bad thing had the pair’s back-and-forth banter been funny. But while their repartee never feels obnoxious or overtly offensive, there’s simply not enough humour to complement the script’s f-bombardment.

Making his feature debut, Maaka Pohatu is a loveable standout as the big-hearted Gav. His happily naïve presence is a welcome relief from the leads’ constant bickering. Bret and Hamish also show some natural on-screen chemistry but it’s unfortunate that the material they have to work with doesn’t reach the level of their performances.

The Sarkies use the Catlins to give the early 90s New Zealand a relatable, homely charm. It’s a pity they couldn’t do the same for Deano and Nige. With the exception of the climax, Two Little Boys beats down any sense of fun and wit it could potentially have with its hard-to-like characters and adolescent dialogue.Hide


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BY BrionyJae superstar

So. It's a black comedy, and it's a Kiwi film. It may seem like I'm stating the obvious, but these points really are the essence of the film, and what makes it so great! Actually, I think that black comedy *suits* Kiwi humour, but maybe that's just me. Both Bret and Hamish were hilarious - I liked the way they interacted together onscreen, bringing elements from both of their comedy duos and creating something new. And their interaction is important, because if comedy and Kiwi-ness is the... More essence of the film, Nige and Deano's bromance is the heart of the film. On top of all the humour, there's a suprisingly honest story about two blokes who have been mates forever, but are now facing stuggles that threaten their friendship. Bret and Hamish make us care about their characters, even if they're a bit thick, a bit awkward, a bit crazy. That's exactly what we love about them! And everything about this film is so distinctly Kiwi, which really adds to the charm. A great showcasing of NZ landscapes and culture - definitely one of the best Kiwi films around :)Hide


BY Cooney nobody

i personally think it was better than boy. The characters were amazing (especially Gav), the era was spot on, the acting was great, it had the classic small scale dark humor new zealand charm, and so many laughs. If you didn't want Gav to die then you enjoyed this film


BY Nina2 nobody

Loved every bit of it. It exceeded my expectations. Sort of different and weird, but that's the beauty of it. Loved the acting, the humor, the crazy story, the music, the beautiful landscape in some little town at the end of nowhere. I have to admit, Kiwis have some seriously good movies.


BY JayC4Shaw superstar

LOVED the kiwi culture, LOVE hamish, LOVE brett - if you like these guys humor, they work well together. Clever script - just classic and awesome film! I got to see it again!


BY duck nobody

These reviewers expected a masterpiece. It's got the laughs. It's got the shock. And some good acting. Go into it for a laugh and you'll get one


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The Press Reviews

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  • Bad clothes, even worse hair and Suzie Clarkson's The New Zealand Fit Kit populate an early 1990s' Invercargill. The cringe-worthy comedy is amplified by Nige (Bret McKenzie) and Deano (Hamish Blake) - two bogans whose friendship is hanging by a thread... Full Review

  • The title of the 1993-set kiwi bromance 'Two Little Boys' is a good indication of its level of humor, which is so juvenile and obvious the only period-appropriate thing missing is a laugh track. Full Review

  • A wee gem of Kiwi film-making on the big screen - and judging by the chuckles around the cinema, I wasn't alone in that sentiment. Full Review

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