Fubar II
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Fubar II

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Still courtesy of TIFF.

Fubar II

Directed by Michael Dowse (Canada, Midnight Madness)
4 STARS
It was the first time TIFF’s Midnight Madness program launched with a Canadian feature, and you couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic (read: drunk and rowdy) crowd. But what would you expect at the premiere of Fubar II, where the long lineup into the Ryerson theatre was garnished with punctured Old Milwaukee tall boys, and guys were pissing pre-show with their pants poised comfortably around their ankles?
And even better: the ruckus was rewarded in full. And then some. Fubar II, while glossier than its predecessor, gives ‘er just as hard as the original, more than managing to duplicate to its scraggly, run-and-gun spirit. Fubar was an exercise in how much improv and impromptu property destruction could be crammed into forty-thousand dollars worth of maxed out credit cards. And Fubar II showcases how much of the same can be done with healthy subsidies from Telefilm and other investors. It feels very much like the characters of Terry (David Lawrence) and Dean (Paul Spence) getting their own movie, but without getting too Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back about it.
The sequel sees Terry and ol’ Deaner evicted from their ramshackle bungalow, and rolling up to Fort McMurray to secure well-paying jobs on the oil sands. The “dog fucking” Deaner works out a scam to secure workers’ comp, while Terry falls for bartender and “town pump” Tirsh (Terra Hazelton), a pairing which strains the relationship of our two hockey-haired heroes. Miraculously, the relentless assault of high-kicking pratfalls and highly quotable hoser bons mots gives way to a Christmas movie that deserves a spot on your DVD shelf, smack between It’s A Wonderful Life and the Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special. Director Mike Dowse proves himself more than capable of maximizing the increased budget. And even if editor Reg Harkema cross-cuts a bit too swiftly, Fubar II clips along so quickly that we barely have time to notice.
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