In this fan-bloody-tastic classic, Australia’s favourite wild colonial boy, Barry McKenzie, journeys to the old country accompanied by his Aunt Edna Everage to take a Captain Cook and further his cultural and intellectual education.
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The perennial problem of adapting short-form properties into feature films - here from a comic strip - is illustrated here with a variable sequence of skits and sketches that remains a rag bag rather a coherent whole. Consequently it's hit and miss with joyful delight in vernacular English expressed in fish-out-of-a-pond mode but as a convincing arc it falls short. A lesson not learnt in a quickly turned-out sequel.