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Worth A Look: 15.94%
Average: 18.84%
Pretty Bad: 11.59%
Total Crap: 15.94%

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Wog Boy, The
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by Chris Parry

"How do people find this funny?"
2 stars

You know, comedy is a right bastard. What makes one person laugh rarely makes everyone laugh, and in the case of The Wogboy, I can see no real reason for anyone to be laughing at all. Yet they are. It's very odd. Distressingly so. Are easy one liners and cheap shots at ethnic groups "liberating"? I don't think so. Is "madcap" in? I hope not. Sorry, I can't take it. You're all fools. Fools, I tell you.

The one liner review - Nick Giannopoulos continues to extract every last drop of humour from what was once an ingenious and inventive stage routine, only to find that drops of humour do not a movie make.

The longer version - once upon a time an aussie lad of Greek descent started a comedy show called Wogs Out Of Work. It was funny, poked some gentle fun at racial stereotypes, contained some brilliantly insightful humour about growing up in Australia in an ethnic minority, and played to big houses everywhere.

Over the years after Wogs Out Of Work, Giannopoulos went to the well about nineteen times too many, with derivative stageshows such as Wogarama and his TV spin-off, Acropolis Now. What started as original and poignant was now a franchise, and a franchise losing steam fast. So perhaps it wasn't the best time to make a movie.

But hey, what do I know? In a time when the cinemas are chock full of fine cinema, The Wogboy is making a fortune. That's okay, you expect some hype flicks to make a penny before word gets out, but word is positive! Could this be the same flick I watched in nigh silence, but for the occasional sound of eyeball rolling within eyelid?

The story is thus, an unemployed aussie lad of greek descent is named by a politician as Australia's biggest dole bludger ('welfare recipient' for you foreigners out there), when he crashes his car into that of said politician. He must clear his name so he goes on TV to debate the polly. Suddenly, idiot-boy becomes the toast of the nation and the polly has to bring him down....zzzzzzzz... mixed in with this, let's face it, facile plot, is a series of idiots.. I mean ethnic stereotypes.. no, they're both. Tony The Yugoslav (who admittedly is very funny in the small amount of screen time he has) is a gangster. The local chemist is a mummy's boy pervert. The best friend is a slicked back, Travolta dancing, chick-magnet. And the hero is just an idiot.

Now, if everyone is an idiot, okay, so it's a comedy. But the non-ethnic players are all normal! Bring on the white women, for they're the only ones who don't spell cat with a K.

People, I'm sure Nick Giannopoulos is a real nice guy and really wanted to move away from the old stageshow here. But he hasn't. And if you're going to trade off the past, you better make damn sure you can compare to it. The Wogboy in no way, shape or form compares to Giannopoulos' past glory. If he wanted to make a film you'd forget in a day, he achieved that. Maybe The Wogboy will make money, but hey, so do hookers and we don't shake their hands for it.

Is the awfulness of The Wogboy Ginannopoulos' fault? Absolutely. Move on, Nick. You're on the eighth victory lap now and the race was only 100m long.

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User Comments

1/23/18 Martina Comino Absolutely the worst movie I have ever seen! 1 stars
4/19/13 Sal I've seen some shit movie,but this is the only one where I asked for a refund. Total crap. 1 stars
7/16/10 Tina I love this movie!!!!!!! CLEVER!!!!! FUNNY!!!!!! ENGAGING!!!!!! 5 stars
10/19/09 auzzie chickie awesome! finally a movie that shows our true humour and for the rest of u harden up! 5 stars
4/30/09 Anikaaaa it is an amazing film i love it . its the best wog movie ever made! GREAT WORK... 5 stars
8/28/08 Tony What a pile of fucking shit! 1 stars
5/20/08 samier this movie is fuckin funny fuckin 4 stars
5/08/08 Rufus It was hilarious. Everyone who doesn't think so is an idiot. 5 stars
1/06/08 Cole Tiring & quite shallow even for a comedy 2 stars
7/19/07 Tatty Yeah, pretty good. Especially the 1st time you watch it 4 stars
1/16/07 N. Tesla Woefully shithouse 1 stars
9/04/06 Kano bloody awesome 5 stars
6/16/06 1232 really really really bad 1 stars
1/16/05 Stoneboy Awful. 1 stars
1/14/05 Nick G a tool If you think this is bad, wait til you see The Wannabes! 1 stars
10/19/04 alex funny but makes us wogs look like idiots 4 stars
8/04/04 sophie crappiest movie iv seen in ages bored the hell out of me 1 stars
7/25/04 Tony fullysik movie, check it out, its a good laugh....WOGS 4 LIFE , go the wogs 5 stars
6/22/04 Nik fully sik mate 5 stars
6/03/04 Elissa it was funny movie 5 stars
5/31/04 aaron itz woz fully sock maate! 5 stars
5/26/04 Dick Total Shit! 1 stars
9/12/03 Masta G It was Aiight.. 3 stars
9/05/03 Dyana Rifai it was a great movie 5 stars
8/15/03 tamara this movie was mad i dont care wat neone says its was the best wogs rule 5 stars
11/06/02 josipa im a wog when i first watched it . it waz made fkin. itz da killa movie 4 wogz mi friendz 5 stars
10/13/02 David Velic it waz fuken awsome mate 5 stars
9/13/02 chris christoforou kool movie 5 stars
9/13/02 chris kool movie 5 stars
9/08/02 Papadomanolakis Alexander Excellent 5 stars
9/06/02 Steve Not funny at all. 1 stars
3/27/02 tuncay69 Fuking Im a Turk Wog I LikE This Movie It Rules But Aint Beat a TUrkish comedain Film 4 stars
3/21/02 T. GOUPIS makes me feel proud to be greek and great to see ethnic people on the big screen 5 stars
3/18/02 Herman Funny as, mate! 5 stars
3/14/02 alex bakreski very good like a pure wog 5 stars
3/13/02 paul this is the best film i ever seen im a true wog as well and nothing beats that movie 5 stars
2/10/02 Alex Papadomanolakis Fucken good movie 5 stars
10/10/01 Wogboy KILLA!I met Nick Giannopoulos down Rundle street in Adelaide.hes a laugh 5 stars
8/18/01 Adis Raver WOGS RULE BEST WOG MOVIE EVER!! 5 stars
8/09/01 angela papoutsis i love the wogboy and acropolis now! 5 stars
8/03/01 connie best greek australian film production available!!!gotta c it re! 5 stars
3/17/00 jan mac thoroughly enjoyed it 4 stars
2/22/00 Booyah! Crap. This kind of thing wasn't even funny years ago. 2 stars
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