Keeva Stratton, Quip Creative
Directed by: Peter Andrikidis
Starring: Nick Giannopoulis, Vince Colosimo, Alex Dimitriades, Kevin Sorbo
Set to inherit a beach on the Greek resort island of Mykonos, from an uncle he was not aware he had, Steve Karamitsis (Nick Gianopoulis), the self proclaimed ‘Wog Boy’, heads to Greece, and brings his womanising friend Frank (Vince Colosimo) along for the ride.
To take claim of the beach, Steve must either raise an extraordinary amount of tax money, or risk defaulting the ownership. Others, such as the local businessman and resort developer Mihali (Alex Dimitriadis), have a strong interest in the beach, and are willing to gain ownership by any means necessary.
Frank has a mission of his own. Having encountered the locally revered ‘King of Mykonos’ (Sorbo) who is legendary for his encounters with the ladies, Frank soon finds himself competing in a bid to dethrone him. What ensues is a comedic adventure as the two fumble their way through the cultural divide. Steve soon learns more about the Greek culture from which he has shaped his Australian persona, and finds that he is as Australian in Greece as he is Greek in Australia.
As the sequel to the original Wog Boy film, and in the tradition of the comic base of Acropolis Now and Wogs out of Work, this is a comedy about ordinary and slightly unusual guys, who use exaggerated cultural stereotypes to build humour, and hopefully understanding, as they navigate their way through a ‘foreign’ world.
The problem with Wog Boy 2 is that it depends heavily on a sense of humour and a cultural landscape that seem stuck in the past. Comedy is a fantastic tool to break down divisions in society, but given the relative embracing of the Greek and Italian communities that has occurred in Australia in the years since the first film’s heyday, the humour here felt somewhat out-of-date, and the comedic targets don’t quite seem to hold the poignant relevance that they once did.
The film is lighthearted, offers a bouquet of warm and endearing characters, and entices its viewer with the picturesque beauty of the Greek Isles. The irony is that had it dropped the ‘Wog Boy’ connection and presented a comedy about two guys on this crazy adventure, I feel it would have likely been met with greater success.
This is a film that will no doubt divide audiences. Those who enjoyed the first installment will happily partake in an encore serving and are largely guaranteed to experience the same satisfaction, but for those who have moved on with the times, sadly, you should not expect the same of this film.
In cinemas now.
Category: Film & TV