Australian actor Shane Jacobson (playing himself) decides to have a party and what better way to party than to invite a number of well known humorous Australians and talented Musicians. Shane’s only request to his guests is to bring their favourite jokes and he will take care of the rest, including all drinks and food on the BBQ etc. This film is about one night of laughter with fellow Australians, celebrating life with some good old joke-telling.
The celebrity cast here is quite massive and each actor is simply playing themselves. Shane Jacobson is also joined by Ronald Jacobson (Shane’s father in real life), Paul Hogan, Jimeoin, Steve Vizard, Tim Ferguson and the list goes on.
The film is incredibly basic in regards to its plot and 98% of the film is watching a celebrity Aussie’s delivery their favourite or most memorable joke to the screen. But thanks to this concept, it’s just great to be reminded that sometimes in life you just gotta laugh and put a smile on someone’s face now and then.
While the concept is amazing, the film will focus back and forth on guest bands and sometimes these scenes feel they go for a tad too long. Also, some of the jokes that are delivered here can feel outdated or reused and I would have hoped for more creativity to be delivered given the talent and cast here. This can also depend on one’s sense of humour or perhaps if you approve of some jokes going a little far and becoming a tad … well, crude.
Overall I’m thankful for what this film offers. Rather than having a night of comedy stand up, the film is shot in the surroundings of having a BBQ, a beer and most importantly, a good laugh. I must admit, there’s never been a film quite like it and I respect the message that’s given even if it’s a minor one.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden