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Angry Boys

by Brian Callaghan
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Wednesday Dec 19, 2012
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Australian comedian/actor Chris Lilley introduced his mockumentary series, "Angry Boys," in Oz in 2011. The series, which features a variety of dirt-bag, racist and politically incorrect characters ran on HBO earlier this year, and is now on DVD.

Like Tracey Ullman and Toni Collette, Lilley plays most of the main characters including teenaged delinquent brothers, Dan and Nathan Sims; their manly Grandmother "Gran" who’s a prison guard at a juvenile detention center; Blake Oakfield, an Aussie surfer who lost his testicles in an accident; African-American hip-hop performer S.mouse; and Jen Okazaki, the Japanese mother /manager of a gay 15-year-old skateboard champion.

The show is controversial in that Lilley does the over-the-top rapper character in brownface and plays the Japanese woman with all of the stereotypical mispronunciations and mannerisms of a 1950s comedy about World War II. Lilley’s characters are mostly imbecilic and nearly always inappropriate.

Lilley is probably most convincing as Dan and Nathan, the dimwit twin Sims brothers living in a small Outback town where their hobbies are spinning their mum’s car, shitting on police cars and flipping the bird to any potential authority figure.

Lilley is probably most convincing as Dan and Nathan, the dimwit twin Sims brothers living in a small Outback town where their hobbies are shitting on police cars and flipping the bird at every authority figure they encounter. Their favorite derogatory name for anyone seems to be "faggot."

This critic would have enjoyed the series more if only Lilley wasn’t such a one-man band on the show, not only playing six starring roles, but also creating, writing and directing it as well.

Bonus Materials include five hours of deleted scenes, bloopers and six S.mouse music videos, including one for the auto-tuned ballad "Squashed Nigga," which is a rather mediocre affair.

"Angry Boys"
Blu-ray
$39.98
http://www.hbo.com

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