Sightseers (Ben Wheatley, 2012)

What's it about? Living at home with her spiteful mother, Tina (Alice Lowe) is only too glad to get away on a caravan holiday with her new boyfriend Chris (Steve Oram) around the lesser-known sights of Yorkshire. Steve's a nice bloke, but he does get rather annoyed by some of the people they encounter. So he kills them.  


Is it any good? It's like Badlands crossed with that Fr Ted episode where they go to the caravan, but not as good as that might sound. You know how you sometimes go on a sightseeing trip and it doesn't really live up to your expectations? You can appreciate the effort that someone has put into presenting their little piece, but it doesn't really excite you? Well, that's how I felt about this. Despite good performances, assured direction and a few guilty laughs at the deadpan humour, it's not really funny enough to be a great black comedy, or clever enough to be a great social satire. Check it out if you find yourself in its vicinity, but I wouldn't really go out of your way to see it. 

Anything else I should know? I play five-a-side football with a lad that looks exactly like Chris - that'll be slightly disconcerting at the next game.  

What does the Fonz think? Not really worth the admittance fee.






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