Pulpmovies Cult Film Reviews
Party Boys: One Helluva DVD is a collection of all five episodes from the Party Boys series. The films are cruel, violent, gross, tasteless and very, very funny.
The party boys are a collection of four flatmates – Jammu (Andres Pass) the psychopath, Pekkuli (Sami Saarinen) the alcoholic, Alpo (Aatto Paasonen) the nerd and Kipe (Matti Kuusniemi) the ladies man (or, more accurately, the sex and porn junkie) who takes great delight in taunting Jammu – as well as their unwelcome and increasingly sleazy neighbour, Rantala (Ville Lähde).
In terms of humour, the films are somewhere between Bottom and The Young Ones, with an emphasis on cartoon violence and – in places, quite disgusting – gross out gags. They are also consistently funny with plenty of laugh out loud jokes.
The first episode introduces us to the characters who, having just moved in have decided to throw a house party.
Well, Jammu and Kipe decide to throw a party. Alpo just wants them to keep the noise down so that he can get on with his studies and Pekkuli’s interest doesn’t extend beyond the availability of the alcohol. So much so that he manages to drink the lot before the party starts.
Once Jammu and Kipe return with a fresh supply of beer, the party takes a violent turn for the worse and Kipe and Pekkuli end up escaping to the local pub.
Where – shockingly enough – they manage to pull.
Rantala also makes a brief appearance in this episode – introducing himself but not descending into the depths of depravity he manages to achieve later in the series.
House Party is the first and probably the weakest of the Party Boys films. The need to introduce the characters means that the humour isn’t as strong as in later episodes. The laugh track was also quite noticeable on this episode.
That said, there are some great lines in this episode and the series gets much better as it progresses…
The second episode - which centres on a visit from Jammu’s cousin, Tope (Antti Murtonen) - is a much more confident affair and starts as it means to go on – especially in terms of Jammu’s relationship with Alpo.
Things start well enough – for Jammu, at least – but soon take a downhill turn when it turns out that Tope is even more dangerous than Jammu.
Surprisingly, it is Rantala – who earlier was rather messy with Kipe’s videos - that saves the day.
There are two plot threads in the third episode – Kipe has stolen a large quantity of cocaine which Jammu was supposed to deliver to his boss and Alpo becomes interested in girls.
What happens next is difficult to describe without giving away too many of the jokes, but the consequences are, by turns, violent, disastrous, disgusting and very funny.
At last, the worm tries to turn. Alpo decides to learn karate so that he can finally put Jammu in his place. Unfortunately, he’s a bit too trusting of Rantala’s advice.
Also, in this episode, Kipe learns why he should always keep his phone charged up.
As well as the over the top violence, The Eye of the Tiger also ups the gross-out humour of the series. Not surprisingly, Rantala also has a much more significant role in this episode – and he really starts to come into his own.
The last episode is the most violent and the funniest of the five films.
Kipe’s birthday provides the final straw for the party boys as far as Rantala is concerned and they insist that he seeks psychiatric help. And Pekkuli finds a new… friend.
Unsurprisingly, there are disastrous and hysterically disgusting consequences all round.
The party boys are caricatures rather than characters and the plots are rather thin – essentially getting us from one joke to the next rather than trying to be deep or meaningful. And this is an important consideration with humour as violent and tasteless as this.
Watching someone being smashed in the face with a frying pan isn’t particularly funny if you start to care about the character in question. However, when the victim is a walking cartoon character, the same scene is hysterically funny.
At the start of this review, I referred to both Bottom and The Young Ones. If you’ve ever enjoyed the antics of Ritchie and Eddie, or laughed at the abuse inflicted by Vivian upon Neil, then The Party Boys is right up your street.
And if you haven’t, then you need to find yourself a sense of humour. And quickly.