Dirty Sanchez: The Movie (aka Team Sanchez: The Movie)

Dir: Jim Hickey, 2006

5/10

Britain has a reputation as being “delicate”. Keeping up appearances with a stiff upper lip and representing the establishment while drinking tea and watching cricket.

Well, it’s all bollocks, and watching Dirty Sanchez will show what the inhabitants of the United Kingdom are made of.

Clearly inspired by the American stupid stunts show, Jackass, these Welsh boys take pain and endurance to the extreme, surpassing anything that Johnny Knoxville and the rest of his clowns can muster.

The main difference between the two shows, is the type of stunts that is performed. Knoxville and his clan, focus on bombastic efforts. It’s all about destruction and ridiculousness. For the Taffies (and an Englishman), it’s all about pain and humiliation, with an interest in the gross and vomit inducing.

Essentially, the film is just a series of highly extreme skits, all linked together by a very loose plot. For what it’s worth, the boys end up in Hell and are sent back by the Devil (Howard Marks) to travel the world, performing stunts in relation to the seven deadly sins.

Nothing is too far, for this bunch of lads. A lot of attention is paid to penises and the damage that can be inflicted upon them; like, shooting a pellet gun at point blank range. Or trying to insert a chocolate bar under his foreskin. What about lifting a heavy weight with his Prince Albert? Yep. That’s in there, too. Shamefully, it’s incredibly funny when a member of the group has “I ❤ Dainton” tattooed on his shaft, with Dainton being one of the other lads.

One thing the boys excel at, is the gross out factor. In a, rather, memorable game of Bangkok Roulette, a member of the team is pleasured by a ladyboy but nobody knows who it is. If the person being “handled” is found out by the others, he is forced to endure a forfeit. In this case…get ready with your sick bags…it’s drinking the human body fat that has been liposuctioned from one of the others!

Believe me. It is as stomach churning as it sounds.

However, throughout all of this, you get the impression that a lot of the reactions are, in fact, staged or played up to the camera. Feeling that very little of it is spontaneous, takes away the fun element and, therefore, the laughter.

Gross out stunts can be funny because of the shock value. At times, the team forget about this and just do stuff which is neither shocking or funny. Being forced to put a semen filled condom on your head, is one such example.

To further support this theory, is the rampant homophobia spewed by Dainton. Despite his refusal to dance with transsexual and his disgust at penis tattoo incident, he is more than happy to whip his nob out at any opportunity, in front of his friends and look at his mate’s cock when the need arises.

Dirty Sanchez: The Movie is, by and large, a difficult film to review, as it is devoid of any real plot, or acting and editing etc. So, the question is, “is it funny?”. Well, the answer is “yes”, but it’s only funny in very small doses. Some parts work, other’s don’t.

Ultimately, the hit TV series isn’t worthy of a film. It’s just an extended episode, offering nothing new.

If you’ve got a load of drunken blokes round, and you’re having a lads night in, then it’s ideal entertainment. That’s the audience. Anybody else, may want to give it a miss.

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