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Rather bizarre little movie about a DJ, dealing with his girlfriend suddenly dumping him, being caught up in an ice cream war between two rival companies. It's all a bit off kilter, the ending is sort of strange, and there are subplots you're not too sure why they're there, but it's a bit of a strange curio and simple enough that it's quite watchable.
Like so many British films it tries to be humorous and only occasionally succeeds, while not being realistic enough to be taken seriously. The story line was light with little glamour or romance, and not much of a Glaswegian feel to the film. Perhaps it was that the accents weren't strong enough and even the baddies didn't swear much. At least there was plenty of dialogue, and no long action sequences, so the film retained my interest. The 80's cars, hairstyles and actors no longer seen were the most interesting things.
Charming, strange, whimsical, sweet--in a word, Forsythian.
Rather odd story with delicious scenes in 1980s local Scottish radioland.
Inoffensive comedy with some quirks rather than a quirky comedy. It suffers from the fact that its story and style could easily televisual standards, but at the same time it's not the worst way to spend 90 minutes.
Aaaargh! "Currently unavailable" on Amazon!
Brilliant!! A True Scottish Classic
One of Bill Forsyth's best works.
I've seen a few Bill Forsyth films and they all have a similar style. They all portray Scotland as a quaint little place full of dimwits, thankfully Irvine Welsh came along to set the record straight. This is a pretty stupid story about a local DJ who gets stuck in the middle of an Ice Cream gang war. It's not very funny and has a lot of pretty bad acting in it but I suppose that some people will love it.
Ice cream fritters, the perfect way to end a war