The Brothers Grimsby movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Sacha Baron Cohen takes gross-out humour to the new and most disgusting extremes in this horridly outrageous comedy. The Grimsby Brothers is not for kids, or even adults who are easily sickened in the stomach.


When a top MI6 agent finally reunites with his football hooligan brother, the pair team up to save the world from a dangerous threat.

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Movie details

Director: Louis Leterrier
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Penélope Cruz, Isla Fisher, Gabourey Sidibe
Writer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, Peter Baynham
Release Date (Australia): 10 March 2016
Runtime: 83 minutes/1h 23m
Genre: Comedy, Action
Country: UK, USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (R18+)

The film contains themes in the form of explicit crude humour, including a prolonged sequence in which a male elephant thrusts its penis and ejaculates inside a female elephant’s vagina whilst two men are stuck inside.

Violence (M)

The film contains scenes of violence in the form of shootings that are infrequently accompanied by close up depictions of spurting blood.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of the word “f**k” throughout, as well as multiple uses of the words “s**t”, “ass”, “bitch”, “bastard” and “bollocks”.

Drug Use (MA15+)

The film features several crude drug references and a comedic scene in which a man accidentally injects himself in the ankle with heroin.

Nudity (MA15+)

The film contains crude close-up depictions of a man’s genitals when another man is forced to suck poison out of the man’s testicles, and a brief depiction of a woman’s pubic hair surrounding her crotch. There is also buttocks nudity.

Sex (R18+)

The film contains explicit crude sexual humour, including frequent and strong references to sexual acts and masturbation, depictions of men and women having sex, as well as a prolonged sequence in which a male elephant thrusts its penis and ejaculates inside a female elephant’s vagina whilst two men are stuck inside.

mpaa rating

R (for strong crude sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, language, and some drug use)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Sacha Baron Cohen’s character, Nobby, is completely right in his hilariously understated line: “this is worse than 2 girls 1 cup”. The Brothers Grimsby feels like a ridiculous and unimpressive film written by a 15-year-old trying to do the most extreme of crude and sexual humour that he can deliver in a script for a single movie. That is exactly the reason why some individuals will hate it, and others will absolutely love it. But we can all agree that the loveable green-dressed maid must be protected at all costs!

Starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong, with a supporting cast of Rebel Wilson, Penélope Cruz and Isla Fisher, The Brothers Grimsby watches two reunited brothers who were inseparable as kids, one a football hooligan and the other an MI6 agent, as they team up to save the world from a threatening global plot. The movie feels like an attempt at doing the most unbelievable gags and extreme of revolting gross out comedy, with so many scenes in which you’ll want to cover your eyes and/or ears.

Although it may subsequently destroy your appetite and take away any naivety that was left in your mind, it’s still an entertaining watch chock-full of belly laughs and shocking gags. It would be extremely hard for one to believe that this movie was invented for anything more than hardcore gross-out humour for juvenile and adult fans of Sacha Baron Cohen’s previous slapstick comedies like Borat and Brüno, especially when you pair it with the pointless family themes it forces in. The plot’s brother-duo dynamic provides no source of emotion, connection or family drama, and is more of a wince-inducing sub-theme done for “sophistication” in the story.

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