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Gary and Akmal are cops in the small Australian town of West Village, population 1,200. Gary's into line dancing and has a longing for the local tv reporter Julia, Kirstie Hutton, Akmal's intent on thinking up a great film idea. There's not a lot to do in West Village until a series of murders begins. Local police chief, Richard Carter, feels the need for reinforcements from the city and what he gets is Tony Charles, Anthony Mir, who thinks Miami Vice is reality television. Throw into the plot missing dogs, a visiting troupe of male French strippers, the fact that Tony is immensely attractive to Julia and you have all the ingredients for a very laid-back sort of chaos. This idiosyncratic comedy had me gurgling with laughter, I came out really impressed with Anthony Mir's sense of comic direction. He lets his two stars (Eck and Saleh) occupy the screen with their gormless patter. The three of them co-wrote the screenplay and it's obvious that they know one another's strengths well. Very much in the tradition of Crackerjack it plays on a very Australian humour, it's laconic and fond. The rest of the cast including other stand-up comics seem to fit the mood of the film to a tee. It's good to see new talent emerging onto the local scene from the stand-up stage.Comments by David Stratton.A very amiable comedy, with a nice feel for visual humour and some very laid-back jokes, this gets a bit bogged down by a plot which, even at the end, remains a bit obscure. The best scenes are those involving Gary Eck and Akmal Saleh as the small-town cops whose dreary lives are always filled with unexpected surprises; their routines are very funny. It's a likable film, but perhaps a bit more work on the screenplay was needed.

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