Written by: Carroll Jenkins on November 4th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: South Africa / USA / UK, 2010
Directors: Michael Wright, Michael J. Rix
Writer: Michael Wright
Cast: Tanya Van Graan, Greg Viljoen, Angus Douglas, Billy Bush, Michael Wright
DVD Release Date: September 8th, 2015
Approximate Running Times: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Troma Entertainment
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
I think I’m dying from Mad Cow disease from watching this turkey. Wait, no, that’s not fair – I don’t wish to insult a member of the poultry family.
So the spokescows for Chick-Fil-A got together in South Africa to make a propaganda film about the dangers of eating beef while disguising it as a wacky, anything goes, out-of-control comedy. It is all of those things except comic; it’s also uninteresting, unfunny, and completely unnecessary.
Well, it is a showcase for sultry heifer Tanya van Graan who exhibits charisma, comic timing, some rubber face moments that are the funniest gags in the entire project, and a body double’s naughty bits (or so we are informed). Spoiler Alert: [may reveal an important plot point; or might would if there were a plot and/or a point.] She seems to be wearing an increasing amount of funeral parlor pallor makeup towards the end, probably to make us erroneously assume she is turning into a cow zombie. Note that this segment seems rudely borrowed from Flesh + Blood, though it was dog meat and the plague there.
The primary male lead comes off as a cross between John Byner and Simon Pegg except he is just not funny. Maybe his fault, maybe the script, probably a whole lot of both.
The presentation by Troma is fine except that many of the performer’s South African accent is so thick as to render them mostly unintelligible. Subtitles would have gone a long way to making this film at least bearable, though I wouldn’t bet on it reaching that level even then.
The final word is: Cowabunga! That can either mean ‘radical, outrageous, go for it’, or is slang for bovine’s anus – the origination point of cow dung. Interpretation is up to you.