Grimsby DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
MI6's top assassin (Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's an English football supporter (Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.

The Review
I sit here really wondering what to say about this film. Firstly I want to point out that this is Sacha Baron Cohen at his best. He is shocking, gross and pushing the boundaries of all that is decent in his search for lots of laughs. He certainly delivers the laughs in truckloads. There is nothing taboo and this film is not for everyone.  Potentially a couple of decades ago you might have said not for many,  yet our sense of humor seems to have got edgier by quite a lot.  Take for example that this film is R16,  I am sure that it wouldn’t have been all that long ago that this would have been an R18.

There are some scenes in this that you really want to tell people about as they are very funny but the surprise of them are such that it would rob the potential audience of a rather unique experience if you were prewarned of such…

There’s a question that will be on every audience member’s mind, how the hell did Cohen convince these actors to do the stuff that they do on this film? Mark Strong plays his brother and starts out as the straight-laced super cool spy and ends up doing stuff that may make you bring up a little sick in your mouth as you let out a little wee from the laughter. The double banger for any comedian of this ilk I guess. I mean you certainly expect this sort of thing from Rebel Wilson, after all she has made a career off it. Here she is still brilliantly funny and you can’t help but love just how inappropriate she is.

Do keep a look out for some cameos that happen without them really happening…

The Verdict
Dirty, gross super funny comedy that is not for everyone but quite possibly Cheers best yet.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 22nd June 2016
Rating: R16 -  Contains Violence, offensive language, drug use, sexual material and content that may offend.
Duration: 82 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Penélope Cruz & Rebel Wilson
Director: Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans)

The Extras
Cohen calls Scott Adkins' character 'Ukrainian Ben Affleck'. Scott Adkins actually auditioned for the role of Batman in 'Batman v Superman', a role that ultimately went to Ben Affleck.

A number of residents of Grimsby were angry with Cohen portraying their town as a rubbish-strewn, violent ghetto in which drunks urinate from windows and mothers hand children cans of beer in the street.

None of the shots in Grimsby were actually shot in the town, they were all shot in Essex. Cohen never asked to shoot in the town.

Once this film was announced, the mayor of Grimsby produced a promotional film showing that Grimsby was in fact a nice place to live, and not as depicted in Cohen's movie.

Sacha Baron Cohen's character's look (most particularly the hair and sideburns) is heavily reflective of that of Liam Gallagher, frontman of world famous rock band Oasis, of the 90's - 00's


Many of the scenes that are set in Santiago, Chile were actually filmed in Cape Town, South Africa. Even the stadium in "Santiago" is actually the Cape Town Stadium, where the FIFA World Cup semi-final between Netherlands and Uruguay took place in 2010.