Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie, also known as Trailer Park Boys: The Big Dirty and simply Trailer Park Boys, is a 2006 Canadian crime dark comedy film based on the television series Trailer Park Boys. The film follows characters Ricky, Julian and Bubbles creating a plan for The Big Dirty, one last crime that will enable them to retire from their criminal lives. The film, like the series, was directed and produced by Mike Clattenburg, with Ivan Reitman as an executive producer. It was released in Canada on October 6, 2006, and a limited release in the United States began on January 25, 2008. It has developed into a cult film since then.
Julian (John Paul Tremblay) plans to steal money from an automated teller machine (ATM). He gets his two best friends, Ricky (Robb Wells) and Bubbles (Mike Smith) to help him succeed in the operation and get rich. However, the plan does not go accordingly and they are chased by the police. Bubbles runs off and is spared by the cops while Ricky and Julian are arrested and get sent to jail for an 18-month term.
Donny, (Gerry Dee), the jail instructor, kicks Ricky and Julian out of jail 26 days early in order to prevent Ricky from playing goalie for a rival team, giving Donny and his team a chance to win an upcoming jail street hockey tournament. Ricky and Julian are picked up by Bubbles and Ricky's father, Ray (Barrie Dunn) and brought back to Sunnyvale Trailer Park, only to be greeted by the trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth) and his shirtless, cheeseburger-loving assistant, Randy (Patrick Roach).
Ricky decides to get back with his girlfriend Lucy (Lucy DeCoutere) and become a better father to his daughter, Trinity. However, Ricky learns from Lucy's friend Sarah (Sarah Dunsworth) that Lucy has a new job at a strip club and she also got new breast implants and her boss, Sonny (Hugh Dillon)(the owner of the club) is a dangerous man. After leaving the strip club, the boys decide to do "The Big Dirty", a crime that will allow them to retire from their criminal lives.
Julian and his new girlfriend, Wanda (Nichole Hiltz), go to the movies on their first date. While waiting in the snack line, Julian sees a money machine filled with change and believes he has found the "Big Dirty" and informs Ricky and Bubbles of the plan.
Ricky returns to the strip club and discovers that Lucy and Sonny have had sex twenty-eight times, enraging Ricky and forcing him to leave. As a party at J-Roc (Jonathan Torrens)'s trailer ensues back at the park, Ricky listens to April Wine as Lucy arrives and says that it was a lie and she only had sex with Sonny five or six times. Ricky proposes to Lucy at J-Roc's party and she says yes, she then proceeds to get drunk and flash the entire crowd at the party.
Lahey, in the area to post a condemned notice, destroys Bubbles' shed and lies to trailer park owner Barb Lahey (Shelley Thompson) that Ricky, Julian and Bubbles' lot fees are three months unpaid and after police intervene in a scuffle they accept they must vacate in thirty days. To keep themselves in Sunnyvale, the boys decide to do the Big Dirty at the movie theatre, but things go wrong when Julian's cohorts Cory (Cory Bowles) and Trevor (Michael Jackson) pull the fire alarm. Rick and Julian succeed in escaping, and take the money from the machine accomplishing their mission.
At Ricky and Lucy's wedding, Sonny confronts them both with a handgun and shoots at Ricky's car causing the money to fall out through the bullet holes in the trunk. Police Officers George Green and Ted Johnston arrest Sonny and Wanda and leave, but Lahey sees the money falling out of the car and tries to chase the boys to capture them. Lahey and Randy flip their car and the cops crash into Ricky's car, causing the money to fly out.
In court Ricky demands Lahey should use a breathalyzer to see if Lahey is drunk or not and prove his testimony worthless. Lahey is revealed to be drunk and the boys are proclaimed innocent by the judge. The prosecutor also remarks that since there is no evidence of the money having been taken illegally, he grants that the money will be returned to the boys. A victorious Ricky tells off Lahey but this causes the prosecutor threatens to put Ricky in jail for a week for his foul behaviour. Ricky then asks Lucy and Trinity if they mind that he returns to jail for a short time, which they approve, leading Rick to tell off the entire court and he is arrested and sentenced to one week in jail, allowing him to play in the hockey tournament along with Cory and Trevor. The team succeeds in winning and beating Donny's team, and Cory and Trevor become the highlight of the prison after "pantsing" Donny in front of everyone, embarrassing him and gaining them popularity among the other prisoners.
Reviews from imdb.com
TPB Fans Will Be Happy With The Movie
Author: rawram from Canada
29 September 2006
I saw it today at a screening here in Victoria, BC Any hard-care TPB fan will be happy with the translation to the Big Screen. No contrived "fish out of water" plot-lines or cameos by unlikely big Hollywood stars.
The budget was spent on a few car crashes, and that's about it. Viewers outside of Canada or not-too-familiar with the characters will be able to follow the characters.
Plenty of dope-selling talk, liquor and whores: the staple of life in Sunnyvale.
Die-hard fans of the show will be able to spot recurring characters and actors from previous episodes.
Great movie, more time needed
Author: nazz_nomad from Canada
7 October 2006
Just saw this tonight along with a sold out crowd (can't remember the last time I was at a movie that was sold out hours in advance). Did not disappoint at all, had everything you would want from the boys and more. The only thing I thought that could of improved the film is a bit more time fleshing out the story lines. The "Big Dirty" turns out to be a quick job that might disappoint some people. Overall a rightful standing ovation at the end of the film from the Sunnyvale hungry audience. I personally would like to have seen more Ray, as he always cracks me up but this is nit picking and I am sure that they will explore these things in future sequels (I hope). I am sure a lot of this might go over the head of American audiences once this is released there but for now I revel in this made for Canada movie with all the in jokes any Canuck would love. I plan to see it again once the crowds die down, I tell you it was a mad house atmosphere in the theater and well deserved.
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
Author: cultfilmfan from Canada
12 October 2006
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie is a feature length film of the television series Trailer Park Boys. Seeing as the ads and the film's trailer give away virtually nothing that will spoil the film I have decided not to give a plot synopsis and besides fans of the television series should know what they are in for and what to expect from the film. When I moved from Maryland to BC, one of the employees of our reliable local Baltimore moving company we used for the move was a raving maniac over the tv series and kept telling me I had to watch at least one show. So given his incredible enthusiasm I gave it a shot. I first started watching the television show back in the fall of 2005 and only after a few episodes I was hooked and have been watching it ever since even if the episodes are re-runs. They guy from the moving company was absolutely correct - the show itself is like a comedy soap opera. In the first couple of episodes we are introduced to the main characters and more as the series goes on. The characters go through various humorous situations and some real life problems as well. Many would dismiss the show and call it vulgar and unappealing due to the language in the series and the occasional drug use and mild violence. To me while watching this show the three main characters Ricky, Julian and Bubbles grew on me and I started to like them and there were times when they would make me laugh and times when I would feel genuinely sorry for them. The series also has some of the most interesting side characters of any series I have ever seen as well. What I like about the show so much is that it is almost always constantly funny and keeps a smile on my face even if I have seen the same episode over and over again. The show is always entertaining and intriguing and never loses steam not even for a second. Also the show has a lot of heart. Family and friends are really important to these guys and deep down they care for each other and try to take care of one another and there are some episodes that are downright touching and heart warming. I 'am pleased to say that everything I liked about the series is there in this full length movie. The same great characters and side characters are there, there is humour, there is heart and it is entertaining from start to finish and it's just like watching a full length episode of the series, so overall I was not disappointed. If you are a fan of the television show then I can see no reason why you would not like the movie. And on the other hand if you are not a fan of the series the chances are great that you will not like the movie either. If you are however interested in the movie I do suggest you watch the show first to get acquainted with the characters and all the different things they have been through. The show is still on television and if you don't get that particular station you can find the episodes on DVD. Trailer Park Boys is one of my favourite television shows on the air right now, so seeing as the movie is just like the show or maybe even better than I'm sure you can understand why I loved this movie and consider it to be one of the best films of 2006. I applaud the cast and crew for making a great series and pulling off an excellent movie as well. Good job guys you made something great and fans like me will not be disappointed by this movie and like I said earlier it is one of the best films of the year and one of the best recent comedies of the last few years as well.
A great time was had by all!
Author: kittycats3 from Ottawa, Canada
6 October 2006
I have never (!) seen an episode of TPB. Although I knew what it was, I thought it would be "stupid" humour, so I never bothered. Went to the movie on opening night ... it is an absolute blast! Hilarious! I hope it's as good for die-hard fans of the TV show as it was for me as a newbie.
If people the world over thinks that the TPB are what Canadians are like, that's just fine by me. These guys are truly good people. They appeal to both the typical "chick flick" crowd and the typical "guy flick" crowd (whatever those are). People who think they're too smart to watch "movies like this" will be swept up in the warmth and humour in spite of themselves - and probably learn some new ways to use the word f**k. Half-way through the movie I was already planning when I could go see it again. It's just great. Go see it immediately!
TPB Screening - Sept 11th
Author: slickpete2 from Canada
12 September 2006
I caught the private screening hosted by Ivan Reitman on Sept 11th in Toronto. I enjoyed the movie a lot. I was mostly impressed with Rob Wells and Mike Smith, who really stepped up their performances for the big screen. Any fans of the show will surely like the movie, so be sure to check it out. It's tough to say whether the movie will gain fans outside of Canada, but let's keep in mind that Canadian movies like Porky's and Meatballs did so I wouldn't be surprised if TPB:The Movie obtains the same cult-like fan base. As a side note, I was surprised by the amount of T & A used. I could see how it was added much in the same way comedy movies from the 1980s used it to pacify the audience. I'm still undecided about whether or not it was necessary and it may have taken away from the inside- tone of the show's/movie's concept.