Mother Schmuckers: Review

Mother Schmuckers: Review

Issachar (Maxi Delmelle) and Zabulon (Harpo Guit) are brothers and they’re idiots. They’re at that time in their lives where they’re in their twenties and haven’t grown up and it seems that they have no intention of doing so.

However, one day when they are put in charge of their mother, Cachemire’s (Claire Bodson) dog known as January Jack and they lose him, they have 24 hours to find him or else their mother will throw them out. So, will the pair grow up and learn responsibility? Or will their adventures just lead them down an even more immature and juvenile path? Unfortunately, it’s the latter.

Mother Schmuckers (or Fils de plouc in French) is a gross out Belgian comedy that somehow made its way to the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Harpo Guit and his brother, Lenny, Mother Schmuckers is presented in the same vein as movies such as Dumb and Dumber and Dude Where’s My Car.

The movie comes across as the kind of thing that they really don’t make any more and whether that’s a good or bad thing is for the audience to decide. Considering this is a first feature film for both of its stars then it’s even more astounding that it got the platform that it did. Although a cameo from Mathieu Amalric may have tipped the balance.

This is definitely an adult comedy, so those expecting something that comes across as mindlessly stupid and inoffensive may be in for a surprise. It seems that the ethos for Mother Schmuckers is that if you’re not offended straight away then you need to keep watching because it will get to you.

There’s also not a great amount of plot when it comes to the movie either. Neither is there any kind of moral to the story as it comes across as a series of sketches rather than a coherent film that seems to just throw anything in to see what makes the audience laugh or throw up.

Mother Shcmuckers clearly isn’t meant to be a movie that will appeal to most audiences, but those nostalgic for early 2000’s comedies may find something they like.

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