Craig Fairbrass, Laura Aikman, Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi and Jean Heard - Bula Quo! U.K. film premiere at Odeon West End, Leicester Square - Inside Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 1st July 2013
To launch their new album, the iconic 1970s rock band Status Quo indulges in a spirited action-comedy that might have worked when they were in their 20s. On the other hand, these guys are in their 60s, so it's more than a little strained. And it doesn't help that the writing, directing and editing are utterly inept. Although fans will enjoy the music.
It all takes place as the band's world tour touches down in Fiji, of all places. In between performing gigs, frontmen Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt entertain themselves by trying to ditch their manager Simon (Fairbrass) and his intern Caroline (Aikman). But they get in serious trouble when they stumble into a back-alley Russian roulette game run by mobster Wilson (Lovitz). As local journalists (Kennard and Heard) try to uncover the story, Simon and Caroline are struggling to regain control of the situation. And Wilson is hunting down Francis and Rick.
Not only does the plot never attempt to make any logical sense, but the filmmakers never bother trying to spark a sense of black comedy amid all the murderous goings on. Instead, director St Paul cuts away from anything remotely morbid, leaving us wondering what happened as he dives into yet another lacklustre slapstick set-piece. The movie has no sense of pace or energy at all, lurching through each scene amateurishly. At least the cast and crew appear to be having a lot of fun frolicking on a South Pacific island. Although St Paul never really captures its beauty or culture either.
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Rick Parfit and Francis Rossi of seventies rock band Status Quo think they've seen plenty of trouble in their lives, but life is about to get a bit more rock 'n' roll when they become embroiled in a gang murder. Having just finished their 50th Anniversary tour in Fiji, they go to celebrate with a few drinks at a nearby bar. However, their rockstar instinct kicks in when they notice something happening round the back that smells like it could be a party. Unfortunately, they realise, perhaps too late, that it is actually a mob forcing two men to play Russian Roulette. The pair cause a fire to interrupt proceedings before running with the evidence, but it's not enough to hide their identity as the mob boss orders them to be killed. Their escape attempt leads them on a string of hilarious antics while their worried manager Simon and his painfully honest intern Caroline set out to rescue them.
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Laura Aikman, Kelly Brook, Leigh Francis and Planet Hollywood - Laura Aikman, Keith Lemon aka Leigh Francis and Kelly Brook Monday 20th August 2012 'Keith Lemon the Film' World premiere after party held at Planet Hollywood - Inside Arrivals
'Keith Lemon: The Film' details the life of Leigh Francis' alter-ego and 'Celebrity Juice' panel show host Keith Lemon. This is his hilarious journey from rags to riches as he ventures into the world of showbiz on his quest to become a great entrepreneur like his idol Richard Branson. After becoming a billionaire with an innovative idea involving a lemon and a mobile phone, Keith and his assistant Archimedes meet all the stars of the celebrity world such as potential love interest and model Kelly Brook as well as The Hoff whose show debuted Keith's talent. However, things don't stay this exciting for the Leeds born businessman as his almost immediate failure brings him right back to the bottom again.
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Keith Lemon is a man with a dream, that dream is to be become a world famous entrepreneur just like his hero Sir Richard Branson. Hailing from the beautiful capital of the north, Leeds, he has to move south to London if he is to follow his dream and be like his idol. Naturally, Lemmon becomes an overnight sensation and soon makes his first billion, unfortunately though this does not last and he is soon faced with an almighty fall. From overnight sensation to over day failure, Lemon traces his steps back to Leeds as he tries to find the road to redemption. Will he return to the top or will he realise that after achieving his dream it is not what he really wants after all and money and fame, it turns out, are not everything?
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