The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Review

Rating: 6 / 10

A funny action/comedy that delivers both genres but sometimes going too far with the jokes.

Plot: MI6’s top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he’s an English football supporter (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want – 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he’s just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.


  • Sacha Baron Cohen as Carl Allen “Nobby” Butcher
  • Mark Strong as Agent Sebastian Graves
  • Isla Fisher as Jodie Figgs
  • Rebel Wilson as Dawn Grobham
  • Penélope Cruz as Rhonda George
  • Gabourey Sidibe as Banu
  • Annabelle Wallis as Marianne Smit
  • Ian McShane as the MI6 Head
  • Scott Adkins as Lukashenko
  • and many more

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

Written by: Sacha Baron Cohen (screenplay, story), Phil Johnston (screenplay, story)

When I went to the cinema to see this movie I didn’t even know what to expect from it. I even didn’t see the trailer for it. Something new for me – not seeing the trailer and going to a movie without knowing what will be in it. I knew that there will be a new character created and played by Sacha Baron Cohen and that one of my favourite British actors Mark Strong is starring. Knowing all the movies that were written by Sacha Baron Cohen I didn’t have to think twice to see the movie. I though it will be a good comedy. After the movie I saw the trailer while creating this blog post and saw that they put almost all the best jokes in it – good thing I didn’t see the trailer before. OK…..let’s start.

Louis Leterrier put a good touch to this with his style of directing making this a good action movie. With the first scene that showed good use of POV camera and how to use it to make a good action movie. But if it were made a little longer (POV) I think I would get sick, like from the camera motion. All through the movie the action is well paced and you won’t get bored.

In this movie we are introduced with a new character that was created by Sacha Baron Cohen, who also created Borat, Ali G, Bruno and The Dictator. For me this was not the best character he has created. At first Nobby reminded me a little bit of Ali G but latter on the character established himself as something new – a very stereotypical English football supporter. Sacha Baron Cohens acting is ok. He knows how to deliver comedy and when it comes down to emotional scenes he is ready for it but with this character he didn’t do so well. He wasn’t that interesting, like Ali G or Borat. Just a stupid English character.

Seeing Mark Strong in this kind of movie was a surprise. In the movies I have seen him act, he always was a serious actor playing character like Lord Henry Blackwood in Sherlock Holmes, Thaal Sinestro in Green Lantern, Dr. Nasch in Before I Go to Sleep and many more. But as always he is very serious in this movie but he adds a lot of comedy. The comedy scenes made me laugh so much and sometime say WTF – the ball sucking scene, the elephant scene and the last scene with the big assholes – just see it. Freaking funny scenes and disturbing (in a good way).

While the movie offered a lot of comedy. The jokes weren’t always that funny. Few were just freaking hilarious but mostly the jokes were not that good. Sometimes going overboard with all of it. Maybe not the humour for me. But everybody has different taste in jokes so….you might enjoy them. I could say that the movie had like 40% good jokes / 60% bad jokes. The story was interesting but standard. It is easy to understand what will happen in the end. Had some plot holes in it but that didn’t affect the story much.

Supporting actors were a great add to the movie. Scott Adkins playing again a Ukrainian/Russian character, with his accent from Undisputed movies – showing off his awesome fighting skills. One of the best lines from this movie was when Nobby called Lukashenko (Scott Adkins) – “Ukrainiian Ben Allfeck” (because in real life Scott Adkins auditioned for the role of Batman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice). Isla Fisher was great in her role and also Rebel Wilson put great comedy in this movie. The only problem I had was with Penélope Cruz character Rhonda George – small role and the character just has nothing to do in this movie, just showing up few times.

As of 17 March 2016, Grimsby has grossed $3.97 million in North America and $12.4 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $16 million, against a budget of $35 million.

This movie will deliver some very funny jokes and good action scenes. Ok acting and a standard story. Go see it….maybe the humour will be just for you.

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