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Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)

Follows the sexual antics of a group of potato delivery men in Birmingham.

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Andy Humphries

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Andy Humphries
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Vegas ... Dave
Mackenzie Crook ... Ferris
Carol Harvey Carol Harvey ... Chip Shop Woman
Helen Latham Helen Latham ... Chip Shop Girl
Dominic Coleman ... Tolly
Mark Gatiss ... Jeremy
Kate Robbins Kate Robbins ... Joan
Nicholas Tennant Nicholas Tennant ... Phil (as Nicolas Tennant)
Angela Simpson Angela Simpson ... Vicky
Lucy Davis ... Ruth
Ceris Jones Ceris Jones ... Poppy's Brother
Joy Aldridge Joy Aldridge ... Massage Shop Woman
Laurence Inman Laurence Inman ... Porn Shop Bloke
Alfie Hunter Alfie Hunter ... Matthew
Craig May Craig May ... Ruth's Boyfriend
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Storyline

Mackenzie Crook and Johnny Vegas star as the bird-chasing, self-proclaimed "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" of Birmingham in this £3 million brit-com about two lowlifes with active fantasy sex lives who deliver potatoes to various restaurants and grocers. Written by James Mackenzie

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The search for the lowest form of life on the planet is over.

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Сексуальная жизнь картофельных парней See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,249,135
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Devotion Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene when Johnny Vegas is driving the van and taunting the driving instructor, in actual fact Johnny Vegas did not hold a full UK licence at the time. See more »

Quotes

Poppy: What are you after?
Dave: Nothing. I thought we could go for a walk. I haven't really had time to talk to you that much.
Poppy: So that's your game, is it? Talking.
Poppy: I thought it'd be nice, just me and you. Have a nice conversation. Go for a quick walk around the park.
Poppy: Dave, I hardly know you. I'm not just going to go walking around the park with you.
Poppy: Alright then, forget it.
Poppy: I'm having a few people around next week for group sex if you're interested.
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: Shooting Stars (2006) See more »

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Hands Up
Written by Francois Carles (as Carles) and Didier Ringot (uncredited)
Performed by Super Preachers
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It's actually quite good
12 June 2010 | by poachedeyesSee all my reviews

I saw this at the cinema when it came out and had no idea it had been mauled by the critics. I laughed as much as I ever have done at a film and plenty others there seemed to find it just as funny. There are some great lines in the script and excellent performances from Mark Gatiss, Mackenzie Crook and (in some ways) Johnny Vegas.

The attacks on the film have been ridiculous. It is not smutty. It is not a revival of Carry on or the Confessions series. It has nothing in it for teenage onanists. Every other movie coming out of Hollywood these days spends half its time ogling its stars in lingering close up. Potato Men does not contain a single scene like that, nor was anyone cast as eye candy. Quite the opposite...

It shows a coarse, poor, bleak life in a coarse, bleak, but humorous way and does not try and convince anyone that we are watching the Salt of the Earth. It was probably that element that shocked the reviewers. Well received British movies like The Full Monty and Billy Elliot seem self- conscious about this issue. It is as though we have to be packaged for an imaginary American audience, who might otherwise have us down for horse riding snobs.

I am not claiming it to be a masterpiece. It has some weak elements that can be attributed mainly to the episodic plot and a low budget. There is a review here from trinitybay9 that sums it up very well. There are four sections and the one concerning Tolly is quite poor. There are some excellent comedy performances in the film but Dominic Coleman's is not one of them.

The real shame though is that the director is never likely to make another film. With the honourable exception of Johnny Vegas, even the cast responded gutlessly to the bad press. It is easily the best thing Mackenzie Crook has done since The Office, but he seems to consider it to be, artistically, a black mark on a CV that contains the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.


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