Bah. Don’t you hate it when our scruffy English stars move to America and return home thinner, better dressed and more tanned than we could ever hope to be? Before they leave England we have that whole, ‘Hey, we’re just like you, except that you’re on the telly,’ thing going on. But once they come back it’s all, ‘Bright white teeth? Who are you? Get off my TV. Now.’ You know?
Get ready to say farewell then to another of our favourite British underdogs, Martin Freeman. Known best as Tim from The Office, Martin is now a mere 18 months away from the same superstardom experienced by Frodo, Samwise Gamgee and the rest of the teletubbies from Lord Of The Rings as he takes up the role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s new epic The Hobbit.
Before that though, Martin decided to give us one last taste of what we’ll be missing out on once he’s sunning himself on the beaches of Malibu, with his new flick Swinging With The Finkels. It stars himself and the lovely Mandy Moore, who we’re very happy to see is still alive and well after an absence that we can only imagine stemmed from a very long and very one-sided game of hide and seek.
The two play a couple whose sex life is starting to dwindle, and as a result decide to dabble in a spot of middle-class swinging in order to stoke the dying fires of passion. What follows is an awkward mishap of dildos, gimp masks and middle-aged nudity, all leading us to a conclusion that we’ve always suspected but never wanted to believe: swinging might sound sexy but the harsh realities of it probably mean it might not be such a good idea, after all, we’re pretty awkward ourselves.
The film’s not got the greatest reviews, and in fairness the gags aren’t that original, but they are funny. Plus it might be the last time you get to see our pal Martin with his original face/hair/teeth. We reckon we’ve got about two years before we’ve got another Ricky Gervais on our hands.
Swinging With The Finkels is in cinemas June 17