Spud and co provide harmless fun in film littered with boys misbehaving

(6) SPUD 2: THE MADNESS CONTINUES, with Troye Sivan, John Cleese, Genna Blair, Tom Burne and Jeremy Crutchley. Written and directed by Donovan Marsh. (Walmer Park, Boardwalk and Bridge): – Reviewed by Andrea Nagel

FOLLOWING in the tradition of movies about boarding school shenanigans, Spud 2: The Madness Continues crams in the things that writers think readers – and, by extension, audiences – expect from the genre: boys behaving badly, toilet humour, idiotic parents and more idiotic dorm masters, pedantic headmasters and one standout liberal teacher.

Spud Milton (Troye Sivan) is now 15 and no longer the youngest and smallest child on the school playground.

He’s now a member of the Crazy Eight, a group of boys whose mission it is to concoct crazy schemes to earn the respect of their schoolmates.

An added bonus is getting their dorm master, Spare Rib, peeved. The stakes rise between the Crazy Eight and Spare Rib as he tries to get them expelled and they attempt to get him fired.

The boys’ performances are convincing – they carry the slapstick interpretations of the other characters in the film, like Spare Rib, who is constantly in an impotent rage and Spud’s dad, who hams up his performance as the typical South African loser.

John Cleese, the big name of the production, is affable as ”The Guv”, though his performance is interchangeable with any other of his career.

The plot is juvenile, the performances – except for the Crazy Eight – are caricatured, but for some mindless, light entertainment with good production value, Spud is an all right way to spend an hour and a half.

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