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  1. the_mentaculus's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    I love non-actors and I love non-filmmakers, so this South African Apartheid-era non-film has its own inherent charm, even beyond its status as a cultural cuiroso. This charm only goes so far, though - it's 71 minutes of Laurel and Hardy telling only exposition instead of jokes. My favorite part happens in the car chase / shootout: an oblivious bystander dives out of the way like she's done it before.

  2. katerpink's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Not as bad as Rich Girl, but the scenes are too long and most of the dialogues are pointless. There is a comedic side but you should be indulgent to have a good time.

  3. Ramzi's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Fascinating to see an 80's action film in this setting and context. Loved the opening scene. Nevertheless, the film does drag on a lot.

  4. Superfrog's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Did not convince. Lacks charm to cover for the obvious limitations of budget for the type of film.

  5. mpho3's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Admirable comedic timing between Gumede and Mathanda. According to a Van der Merwe actress, "'There was no apartheid when we were shooting.' Yet because of the laws of the time, the black actors and mainly white production crew would often have to dine and sleep separately on location. 'Our rebellion was simply to be involved in the arts and to do our jobs to the best of our ability.'" - Gavin Haynes, The Guardian

  6. Kyle's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Terrifically bad, and the production seems aware that it's so. Hilarious, stilted dialogue and scenes that go on too long. The frame of the story is a common one, but earnest acting and historical value lend this movie its charm.

  7. tintinmugshot's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Light and distinct cult comedy.

  8. Jesse W.'s rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Thoroughly enjoyable low-budget charm. Silly acting, obvious dialogue about what's happening in the moment, goofs like the camera crew reflecting in an actor's shades, action music during expository moments, a score that'd work as a variety pack of generic synth cheese—all the hallmarks of endearing B-cinema.

  9. DrFirestone's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    This film basically is a story of two retarded criminals unleashing terror on two kids camping in a forest. It's filled with pointless, boring dialogues, while the two mentioned villains run around bushes looking for the diamonds they threw out of the car earlier, accompanied by funky music... Well, if that sounds exciting to you, then go ahead - you won't be disappointed!

  10. Alex Hall's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Very very bad; but entertaining.

  11. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    A literally awful film (even for a B movie) where every character is as thick as John Goodman's waistband. But it deserves the extra star for some funny exchanges between our two bad guys and just for having been created during a terrible time in human history. It's best imagined in an 80's SA apartheid cinema, bringing delight and respite to so many oppressed... <ALSO> Could the eating scene be more gross?

  12. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    A South African film made for black people during the years of apartheid, Fishy Stones is a lightweight, fun film that makes up for MANY shortcomings with enthusiasm and a rough & ready charm.

  13. Monkey Flix's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    It's stupidly simple and has flickers of entertainment value on that level. The problem is that the "comedy" between the two crooks is incredibly tedious.

  14. klofter's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    This is why I love Mubi. Where else would I ever get to see a gem like this? Is it a good movie? Not by any stretch of the imagination. But I had an excellent time watching it. Very interesting knowing the history behind it...

  15. T.h. Marvelsteins's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Low budget? Very. Random, unrelated disco musak library music? Check. Over simplified narrative? A child could write better.. And yet .. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, its' familiar genre and yet very unfamiliar setting. It is made with charm and some economic finesse (see car chase and opening credits) Loved the two villains and the fact that this film was made at all (and then curated) Bravo to all involved!

  16. Trickstian Shantih's rating of the film Fishy Stones

  17. Slappy McGee's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Yeah, it's a bad movie. But it's a "good" bad movie. A "B-Movie" - sometimes called a "Z-Movie" from South Africa. Made "underground" during Apartheid for the masses, these films were thrown away and then rediscovered and released. Not an original story, but it's interesting seeing the film knowing the historical context in which it was made. I applaud the effort of these actors and filmmakers and enjoyed this flick.

  18. Stefan Drees's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Question: How could those two idiots ever escape from prison? Don't mind, it's funny to listen to the dialogues. By the way: Writing the text inserts of the main title on a typewriter is a very cheap, but nonetheless great idea.

  19. Bernardo Anderson's rating of the film Fishy Stones

    Imagine a porn studio was in charge of making a heist movie for $3,000? I really enjoyed watching this because it's something that I would never watch normally. You can tell this was not made for avid movie watchers since the characters explain everything they are thinking about. This has a cultural anthropology aspect to it and you should watch it. Heck, I think you'll have a good time.