The lovable ladies from Fountain Lake are back and on the big screen for the first time, as they go on an overseas trip to Italy. Fans of the popular Aussie show will love seeing them back and they provide a lot of laughter on their whirlwind adventure.
Kath (Jane Turner) and Kim (Gina Riley) have gone the extra mile in this movie, moving away from a quiet suburb in Victoria, Australia and venturing into a holiday on the other side of the world. The whole cast is back with Sharon (Magda Szubanski), Kel (Glenn Robbins) and Brett (Peter Rowsthorn) all playing their parts in this Aussie comedy. It’s the three female leads that depart for Italy and while not bringing anything hugely new, they are all great as the characters we know and love from the show.
The humour is typical Kath & Kim, while it didn’t have me laughing out loud often, it made me smile and enjoy the moment with the hilarious behaviour from the characters. Kim is ruder then ever, Kath is as daggy as ever and Sharon is her usual self-conscious self. There’s some great one liners and a couple of scenes I really loved.
The film is definitely made for Australian audiences, with almost every joke having some type of reference to Aussie life or culture. I would almost go as far as saying a few jokes would only be understood by Victorian residents, but it still doesn’t detract from the movie. I will admit international audiences will have a tough time however, especially as knowing the characters and what they’ve been through in the TV show is pivotal to the film.
Plot wise, while I thought the story was going nowhere early, it definitely opens up and has a few sub plots going throughout. The ending wraps everything up well but it’s really the laughs and the comedy during the movie that is what Kath & Kimderella has as it’s best asset.
While I really enjoyed it for the most part, there’s definitely a lot of scenes that bring little to the table. However, most scenes are fairly quick and it never drags on which is a real positive. I found the runtime to fly right by as well and with numerous guest stars there’s always a surprise around every corner. One particular guest scene towards the end of the film had me laughing a decent amount.
Kath & Kimderella won’t be for everyone. It’s a film that’s made for the lovers and supporters of the TV show, one that’s stayed true to it’s characters and humour. I liked it and was a big fan of the show so would recommend it quickly to those that were. It’s a big effort to go from 20-25 minute episodes to a feature length movie and while not perfect I think they’ve done a great job! B-