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"Trailer Park Boys"

The good thing about the "Trailer Park Boys" movie is that the filmmakers decided not to upgrade the TV series’ low-rent look. No big scenes or guest stars _ just more of the same. Or, depending on your point of view, that’s the bad thing about the movie.

Director, writer and co-creator Mike Clattenburg resisted the usual temptation to mess with what works and spend a bigger budget on action sequences, fancy sets or name personalities. This film version is little more than three or four of the TV episodes strung together. Clattenburg even shot it on 16mm for a grainy look close to the quality of the videotape used for the episodes that air weekly on Showcase. (He did blow some bucks on a kickin’ rock soundtrack, though, featuring the likes of Rush, the Tragically Hip and April Wine. Several musicians even turn in some fine bit-part performances.)

The plot? What else? Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are just getting out of jail after their latest failed money-making caper and decide to embark on The Big Dirty _ one big heist, the payoff from which should leave them sitting pretty for good. Alas, the job involves stealing large volumes of change because, these boneheads figure, unlike bills, coins are untraceable. A movie version is usually designed to widen a TV franchise’s traditional audience. But will fans of the show, now in its sixth season on the small screen, pay for tickets to see more of what they already get for free? 

John McKay, (CP)

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"Trailer Park Boys"

The good thing about the "Trailer Park Boys" movie is that the filmmakers decided not to upgrade the TV series’ low-rent look. No big scenes or guest stars _ just more of the same. Or, depending on your point of view, that’s the bad thing about the movie.

Director, writer and co-creator Mike Clattenburg resisted the usual temptation to mess with what works and spend a bigger budget on action sequences, fancy sets or name personalities. This film version is little more than three or four of the TV episodes strung together. Clattenburg even shot it on 16mm for a grainy look close to the quality of the videotape used for the episodes that air weekly on Showcase. (He did blow some bucks on a kickin’ rock soundtrack, though, featuring the likes of Rush, the Tragically Hip and April Wine. Several musicians even turn in some fine bit-part performances.)

The plot? What else? Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are just getting out of jail after their latest failed money-making caper and decide to embark on The Big Dirty _ one big heist, the payoff from which should leave them sitting pretty for good. Alas, the job involves stealing large volumes of change because, these boneheads figure, unlike bills, coins are untraceable. A movie version is usually designed to widen a TV franchise’s traditional audience. But will fans of the show, now in its sixth season on the small screen, pay for tickets to see more of what they already get for free? 

John McKay, (CP)

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Movies

"Trailer Park Boys"

The good thing about the "Trailer Park Boys" movie is that the filmmakers decided not to upgrade the TV series’ low-rent look. No big scenes or guest stars _ just more of the same. Or, depending on your point of view, that’s the bad thing about the movie.

Director, writer and co-creator Mike Clattenburg resisted the usual temptation to mess with what works and spend a bigger budget on action sequences, fancy sets or name personalities. This film version is little more than three or four of the TV episodes strung together. Clattenburg even shot it on 16mm for a grainy look close to the quality of the videotape used for the episodes that air weekly on Showcase. (He did blow some bucks on a kickin’ rock soundtrack, though, featuring the likes of Rush, the Tragically Hip and April Wine. Several musicians even turn in some fine bit-part performances.)

The plot? What else? Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are just getting out of jail after their latest failed money-making caper and decide to embark on The Big Dirty _ one big heist, the payoff from which should leave them sitting pretty for good. Alas, the job involves stealing large volumes of change because, these boneheads figure, unlike bills, coins are untraceable. A movie version is usually designed to widen a TV franchise’s traditional audience. But will fans of the show, now in its sixth season on the small screen, pay for tickets to see more of what they already get for free? 

John McKay, (CP)

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