Sacha Baron Cohen delivers his first bona fide bomb with The Brothers Grimsby, a tired action comedy with no comedic nuance to speak of.
In the past, Cohen has thrived with his mockumentary format, or simply in the service of a good comedic director (most notably, Adam McKay on Talladega Nights). Now, he’s penned a screenplay for director Louis Leterrier, a man mostly known for action fare like The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, although his lousy Now You See Me was more of a drama.
This colossal mess has Cohen playing a football-loving idiot in search of his long lost brother (Mark Strong). It turns out the brother is a spy, and when the two get together, they are a regular old odd couple.
The plot is nothing but a setup for scenes like Cohen and Strong stuck in an elephant’s vagina, resulting in them getting fucked by many large elephant penises. Sorry folks, there was really no delicate way to describe that scene to you. In fact, I cleaned it up a bit, for what actually happens in the movie is far more disgusting and raunchy than my description.
Now, I do believe there’s a director somewhere who could’ve made the sight of Cohen and Strong covered in elephant cum hilarious. Leterrier isn’t that man, and most, if not all, of the jokes in this movie bomb big time. I’ve been a Cohen fan in the past, but if this is a sign of things to come, I’m renouncing my admiration as of this date.