Paul Fenech.

Housos vs Authority (MA15+) – 2 stars
Paul Fenech, Elle Dawe, Jason Davis, Angry Anderson
DIRECTOR: PAUL FENECH
REVIEW: SHANNON HARVEY
You'll like this if you liked Pizza, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, South Park, Team America, Clerks 2, Jackass, Van Wilder

What is the most lewd, crude and juvenile film ever made?

Is it South Park, Team America or Ted, where Mark Wahlberg's trash-talking teddy bear simulates sex acts in a grocery store?

Is it the hair gel scene in There's Something About Mary?

Or must we go all the way back to Porky's, when those naughty college boys poked their you-know-whats through spy-holes in the girls' showers?

No, it's probably something a lot less known than that. Something that went straight to DVD in Kazakhstan or Turkey.

Something like Australia's own Housos vs Authority, Paul Fenech's big-screen adaptation of his popular SBS series Housos.

It is without doubt the lewdest, crudest Australian film ever made.

If it were released overseas, we'd be seen as a bunch of drinking, smoking, swearing, whoring, dole-bludging bogans.

Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott should send the film to Indonesia - it's the only thing that could turn those boats around.

It starts with a teary dedication to the late Ian Turpie, who worked with Fenech on all three of his hit SBS shows - Pizza, Swift and Shift Couriers and Housos.

From there, it's pure mayhem. In the shambolic housing estate of Sunnyvale, Franky (Fenech) and Dazza (Jason Davis) agree to drive Shazza (Elle Dawe) to Ayers Rock to visit her dying mother.

To do so, they drive a motorhome full of drugs and guns for the local bikies (led by Angry Anderson), which puts them in the firing line of the authorities.

Housos vs Authority is chock-full of booze, drugs, sex and swear words - even more so than Pizza or Swift and Shift. Everyone cops a serving.

Police, criminals, Kiwis, junkies, dole bludgers, dwarf bikies and even the mentally challenged. If you like highbrow art films, see something else.

But you know what? Fenech is no dummy and his crass pot shots are never cruel to any of his targets.

He's having a go about how silly they can all be; from serial welfare abusers to bikies to cops who can't be stuffed chasing either.

He's also holding a mirror up to serious problems in Australian society. For that, good on him.

In that way, Housos vs Authority is not without artistic merit. Its bawdy, farcical humour actually follows in a long line of crass Aussie capers.

But there's not a lot more to say about it. The threadbare story ends halfway through, yet the film continues for another 45 minutes and stays well past its welcome.

I'm not offended by Housos vs Authority, but I won't dignify it further by making the same mistake.

Housos vs Authority is now screening.

The West Australian

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