The Brothers Grimsby

March 28th, 2016


The Brothers Grimsby

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 6.8/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Louis Leterrier

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's an English football supporter (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.

Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Penélope Cruz, Mark Strong, Ian McShane, Annabelle Wallis, David Harewood, Scott Adkins, Tamsin Egerton, Gabourey Sidibe, Rebecca Front, Lasco Atkins, Sam Hazeldine, Johnny Vegas, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sacha Baron Cohen - Carl 'Nobby' Butcher
Isla Fisher - Jodie Figgis
Rebel Wilson - Lindsey
Penélope Cruz - Rhonda George
Mark Strong - Agent Sebastian Butcher
Ian McShane -
Annabelle Wallis - Marianne
David Harewood - Black Gareth
Scott Adkins - Lukashenko
Tamsin Egerton - Carla
Gabourey Sidibe - Banu the Cleaner
Rebecca Front - Lady at World Cure event
Lasco Atkins - Journalist
Sam Hazeldine - Chilcott
Johnny Vegas - Milky Pimms

Taglines: This secret agent is the total package.

Country: UK, Australia

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Cape Town, South Africa

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Did You Know?

Cohen calls Scott Adkins' character 'Ukrainian Ben Affleck'. Scott Adkins actually auditioned for the role of Batman in 'Batman v Superman', a role that ultimately went to Ben Affleck. See more »

Nobby goes quite a distance to buy his mattress at the beginning of the film, as the bus he gets on goes via Grays, and that particular service and route is in South East Essex. Also, I suspect the train pulling into Grimsby Town is the type used by the C2C service, which is the London Fenchurch Street to Southend line, also in South East Essex. See more »


User Review


Rating: 8/10

The funniest movie for at least a year! Sacha Baron Cohen at the top of his game. Rude, crude, filthy, but absolutely hilarious with numerous laugh-out-loud moments. So many laughs in fact that I found myself wiping away the tears from laughing so much. It certainly helps if you are a Sacha Baron Cohen fan because he is politically incorrect and his humour is guaranteed to offend anyone who is sensitive to issues like AIDS, religion, sexual abuse and the disabled. Of course comedy is so subjective that you mightn't find any of this funny but I had such a fun time, I cannot wait to see it again to check out the jokes I might have missed out the first time around from laughing too much.

Norman aka Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen) is an English football hooligan who is happily married to Lindsey (Rebel Wilson). They live together with their nine children in Grimsby in the north of England. He has a brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong), whom he hasn't seen for 28 years as they were separated when their parents died. What Nobby doesn't know is that Sebastian is a top MI6 agent who doesn't reveal his identity. He is on a case where is attempting to prevent the assassination of humanitarian, Kate (Penelope Cruz) when Nobby spots him and inadvertently causes him to kill the director-general of the World Health Organisation. With only Margaret (Isla Fisher) in the operations room advising him, Sebastian must rely on his brother to help him catch the real perpetrators of the crime.

There's plenty of gross out humour on display ranging from an elephant bukkake scene to Nobby sucking out the poison from his brother's scrotum. Other standout funny scenes include a case of mistaken identity when Nobby masquerades as his brother to obtain vital information and Nobby searching for Sebastian in a spa therapy centre. And if you like celebrities being lampooned, people like Bill Cosby, Donald Trump and Daniel Radcliffe are fair game for the jokes that are heaped upon them.

Not only are there laughs aplenty but there are also exciting sequences that would please action enthusiasts. The point of view scenes that help Sebastian with locating his targets might be frenetic but they inject variety into the typical chase scenes. There's even a touch of sensitive family bonding scenes when Nobby and Sebastian recall what they got up to during their childhood. Although the flashback scenes are helpful in providing their adult lives with a backstory, they do occasionally encroach into the comedy and action territory.

The people of Grimsby were apparently annoyed with the depiction of their town but what is a Sacha Baron Cohen film without a little controversy? The run down appearance of the town and hooliganism representing the townsfolk add a lot to the comedic appeal of the film.

Supporting actors like Isla Fisher and Ian McShane don't get much of a look in because "Grimsby" truly belongs to Baron Cohen and Strong. One could say that Baron Cohen is typecast as the unintelligent Nobby but he plays these sorts of characters so well. Strong is more of the straight man to Baron Cohen's bumbling fool but it's the situations they find themselves in that promote the laugh factor.

"Grimsby" is known as "The Brothers Grimsby" in America. The film could be called anything and it wouldn't matter for it's the material that makes it so much fun. This is one of the best gutter humour movies ever released and definitely worthy of repeat viewings if you're a fan of this type of comedy, and especially if you appreciate Sacha Baron Cohen's brand of humour.


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