I Want CandyMarch 23, 2007
Joe and Baggy are two misfit English film school students whose first movie goes awry. Desperate to finance their flick…
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 5.5/10 (4,941 voted)
Stars: Tom Riley, Tom Burke, Carmen Electra
Joe and Baggy are two misfit English film school students whose first movie goes awry. Desperate to finance their flick, they turn to a porn producer who agrees to give them the money needed in exchanges for the guys to cast a semi-retired adult film star named Candy (Carmen Electra). Though Candy agrees to the deal, but Joe and Baggy's efforts to make their own movie morphs into a raunchy show which they use Joe's suburban parents house as their set.
Writers: Peter Hewitt, Phil Hughes
John 'Baggy' Bagley
Val, Joe's Mum
Stephen, Joe's Dad
Video Store Guy
Michael de Vere
Colin Michael Carmichael
(as Giles Anderson)
This year's juiciest comedy
Release Date: 23 March 2007
Filming Locations: Brooklands College, Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK
Box Office Details
(1 April 2007)
(European Film Market)
…the entertainment industry is an impossible road, full of obstacles… now we admire your ambition Joe, ambition is everything… you've got to follow your dream… that way when you fail, you can always say, well at least you tried…
Yes, I Want Candy!
I Want Candy wasn't a movie I was extremely looking forward to. In fact
despite a relatively funny trailer I was actually dreading it at times.
You see teenager comedy isn't exactly what I'm into, I find the whole
American Pie scene very overrated despite only being 16 myself. Just
could never get into the whole idea of sex comedies unless they were
really inventive and witty. A shame that very few of these sex comedies
have an ounce of originality between them. However it is a pleasant
surprise to say that I Want Candy is actually a damn funny and well
made movie. Sure its lacking in terms of originality, and I suppose I
could complain that the ending wraps things up just a little bit too
neatly, but the movie is consistently entertaining. Contains some
pretty damn good performances and doesn't scrimp on the laughs either.
Its a comedy that has enough dramatic weight to go alongside its great
sense of humour. The other surprising fact is that despite it being a
15 (R in USA) the movie doesn't actually contain any nudity or that
much swearing. Maybe people might see this as a negative, however it
still works and it proves that the comedy doesn't need to rely on these
things. Of course its got some rude bits to keep people entertained and
keep with the porno theme of the movie, but it never relies on them
like a lot of sex comedies have done in the past.
The actual movie isn't perfect. There are flaws. For example the
beginning is pretty dull, until they actually start casting the movie
does actually struggle to get any momentum. Sure there is fun to be had
in those scenes and the humour there is pretty nice and subtle. But its
just not what you'd expect from this sort of movie and it could end up
actually boring quite a few people. Matters aren't helped by Jimmy Carr
who is possibly the most overrated comedian going at the moment. His
scenes are funny a times, but the actual actor himself I found more
irritating than anything else. However after you get over the mild set
back of the beginning and if you ignore the well wrapped up finale the
bits in between are just a blast and can get some great laughs.
The performances themselves are generally brilliant. I never though I
would be able to praise Carmen Elektra, however she really did surprise
me. She manages to deliver a half decent performance here, surprising
as all she has to do is really be the eye candy and say a few lines.
But her performance is nowhere near as excruciatingly bad as she has
been in previous movie, Epic Movie just one of those awful movies. The
two leads, Tom Riley and Tom Burke are really likable as Joe and Baggy.
Joe might come across as irritating at some moments and Baggy perhaps
whines a bit too much in the middle section, but in general they're
pretty believable characters and they do some great performances.
Michelle Ryan of Eastenders fame does a surprisingly good job as the
love interest, at least she'll come out of Eastenders alive and might
actually be seen in quite a few movies after this performance. Credit
also has to go to Mackenzie Crook in a hilarious performance that
reminded me so much of one of my own teachers.
Now then I have to talk about the actual humour of the movie. Now
despite a pretty subtle and dull at times beginning the humour really
gets going when the porno theme kicks in. We've got an explosive
ejaculation sequence that had me crying with laughter, a disturbingly
funny bit with a pear, and a bit to make you gaga involving pubes and
some butter. But the movie is more than your average sex jokes, its got
some genuinely funny lines in there as well and moments that can make
you laugh. Its a movie that is full of traditional British humour but
has some sex jokes thrown in as well for your own pleasure.
Overall I Want Candy is a great surprise and a British comedy that is
one to remember. It won't be to everyones tastes of course, but for the
most part its a great laugh featuring some surprisingly decent