After the success of ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’, it was only a matter of time till another hot British television show or person attempted the big screen. Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon, a manufactured character acted by Leigh Francis, has made the big time in television through his crude act mocking celebrities on his hit ITV panel show. While this works tremendously and is very entertaining, taking a reality star and turning them into a scripted feature-length film is bound to fall short to an audience’s expectations.
A rag to riches story; Keith Lemon turn his ‘Lemon Phone’ (an obvious play on Apple’s iPhone) into an overnight success, allowing him to become a billionaire. This results in him having the relationship of his dreams with Kelly Brook (let’s pray she never gets another acting job) as well as living an outrageous lifestyle. What Keith, along with his inflated ego, leaves behind is his kidnapped ex girlfriend and mentally impaired friend Douglas (played by Kevin Bishop).
Words can’t truly describe the painstaking amount of effort it took to watch the film in its’ entirety. Not even the crazy amount of cameo’s could help this comedy become remotely entertaining. Garry Barlow running away from a taxi perhaps gained a grin, but a film such as this can’t rely on such novelties and should only treat them as an extra to the initial humour (which remained non-existent!).
The constant use of sexual orientated gags became irritating and offensive. Continuing to use his catchphrases at various females throughout was mundane and excruciating to sit through, not to mention the misplaced slapstick comedy that only weakened the film further.
‘Keith Lemon: The Film’ adds to the list of terrible Comedy films of 2012, perhaps making Adam Sandler’s ‘Jack & Jill’ look like a Nolan masterpiece in comparison (maybe not quite…). Leigh Francis may have single-handedly killed his alter ego’s career in the space of 1 hour 25 minutes as I for one will never be able to watch Celebrity Juice again. A truly devastatingly,awful film.