Everybody talks about the improv scenes. But nobody mentions the increasingly melancholic tone that comes along w/ the hilarious bits. Bolstered by Coogan & Brydon's realistic approach & chemistry, they're both hilarious & make it hard to separate fact & fiction in their lives & relationship. It's ending could've been stronger but the whole experience was a satisfying first course in a potential buffet of a series.
Has about 20 minutes of good jokes, buried under drab, repetitive dialogue/structure and a weak storyline. Coogan's self-deprecating bit gets tired very quickly, though not as quickly as the stupid Michael Caine impression. Does not hold up after a second viewing.
Winterbottom here guides Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon through facsmile versions of themselves in conversation and goading one another. The natural chemistry these two have as foils is quite remarkable as is their often self-effacing humour. Many poignant moments surronded by much laughter. The film certainly whets the appetite for seeing the full series. Full of wonderful moments.