Kevin & Perry Go Large

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Kevin & Perry Go Large
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Directed by Ed Bye
Produced by Peter Bennet-Jones
Harry Enfield
Jolyon Symonds
Barnaby Thompson
Written by David Cummings
Harry Enfield
Starring Harry Enfield
Kathy Burke
Rhys Ifans
Music by Cecily Fay
Philip Pope
Cinematography Alan Almond
Edited by Mark Wybourn
Production
company
Distributed by Icon Film Distribution
Release dates
21 April 2000 (UK)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £10,099,770

Kevin & Perry Go Large is a 2000 British teen comedy film based on the Harry Enfield sketch Kevin the Teenager. The film was written by Dave Cummings and Harry Enfield and directed by Ed Bye. Enfield, Kathy Burke and Louisa Rix all return to their roles after previously appearing in Harry Enfield's Television Programme, and later Harry Enfield and Chums. James Fleet replaced Stephen Moore as Kevin's father.

Plot[edit]

The film begins at the beheading of Anne Boleyn, which turns out to be an erotic daydream, introducing protagonist Kevin, who is having sexual fantasies when he's supposed to be doing his homework about Boleyn.

Kevin has tried lose his Virginity for three years. He and his best friend, Perry go to a newsagent's to buy a pornographic magazine, which results in failure, as do all of Kevin's attempts at sexual exploration.

The boys come up with the idea to go to Ibiza to become DJs and get "guaranteed Sex", but Kevin's parents Ray and Sheila (James Fleet and Louisa Rix) forbid the trip due to Kevin's bad grades on his school report. As a compromise however, they tell the boys they can make the trip on the condition that they have to get a job to pay for it.

The boys search fruitlessly for a job, ending up at a house party where Kevin again tries to succeed in finally having sex, and again fails.

Having failed miserably at all his attempts at success with women and gainful employment, Kevin is asked to sign for the delivery of his dad's Credit card. Kevin then takes the card to the bank to steal the money for the flights from his dad's bank account. At the bank Kevin and Perry's bumbling somehow results in the capture of a bank robber, and the manager awards Kevin and Perry with enough cash to make the trip. With that, they plan for their vacation in Ibiza.

Once in Ibiza, the boys spot the 'girls of their dreams' Candice (Laura Fraser) and Gemma (Tabitha Wady). They also meet Eye Ball Paul (whose nickname derives from his practice of vodka eyeballing). The boys spend the day with the girls and although they are unsuccessful at having sex with them, they do begin to bond with them as friends.

That night, the boys walk down the high street filming the events around themselves. Kevin then films a couple snogging which turns out to be Ray and Sheila. Kevin sulks while he and Perry hang out with Ray and Sheila, finally ending up at the club "Amnesia" where they dance the night away. Their new friends, Candice and Gemma are refused entry by the doorman (Paul Whitehouse), citing their appearance as a reason.

The next day, the boys go to Paul's where he makes them clean his house in return for his listening to their tapes. Leaving Paul's house, they spot Candice and Gemma, but again their clumsy attempts at wooing them end up in failure.

After the girls have a makeover, they are admitted to Amnesia with Kevin and Perry. However, events again conspire to ruin their chance at romance with the girls. Later, Kevin videotapes Ray having sex with Sheila. The following day, Paul listens to their music as the boys clean his kitchen. He stumbles across the taping of Ray and Sheila and shows it to everyone, resulting in Kevin ending his friendship with Perry after realizing he was responsible for filming them.

After a day of Kevin and he sulking around unhappily, Perry runs into Paul, who tells him that he likes their song, and that he will play it in the club. Perry tells Kevin the good news and the friends reconcile. That night they and the girls go to the club again. Their song becomes an instant club favourite. Paul becomes unhappy at Kevin and Perry's success, and turns off the song and makes the crowd angry. Kevin and Perry the take over as DJs with the club dancing through the night. Later that night, Kevin and Perry finally lose their virginity to Candice and Gemma.

In the Epilogue, the boys are seen signing copies of their record in a music shop, whilst Kevin's parents are seen signing copies of a video they have made about better mid-marriage sex.

Cast[edit]

Cast Characters
Harry Enfield Kevin
Kathy Burke Perry
Rhys Ifans Eyeball Paul
James Fleet Dad (Ray)
Louisa Rix Mum (Sheila)
Laura Fraser Candice
Tabitha Wady Gemma
Steve O'Donnell Big Baz
Natasha Little Anne Boleyn
Anna Shillinglaw Bikini Girl
Badi Uzzaman Norma Baxter
Kenneth Cranham Vicar
Sam Parks Police Officer
Frank Harper Robber
Mark Tonderai Music Store Boss
Amelia Curtis Sharon

Music production[edit]

Enfield tried to use songs in the film that were top of the dance charts at the time.

DJ Judge Jules created the mix that Kevin and Perry create in the film, "Big Girl", which was subsequently released as a single credited to the Precocious Brats with Kevin And Perry. It was in the top 40 for 4 weeks in 2000, and reached #16 in the UK Singles Charts.

"Straight to Hell" by The Clash features at the beginning of the film when Kevin begins banging his head on the bedroom wall; the camera pans out to view the street, in which the film title appears. All of the cars are Ford Focuses, and all of the people shown outside are wearing red baseball caps and using Flymo lawnmowers.

In the film, Eyeball Paul is a wealthy and very successful DJ, however, actor Rhys Ifans admits he is a terrible DJ, but thanks to "the magic of film" he'll "look pretty sharp out there".

Soundtrack[edit]

This article is about songs used in the film. For the film's soundtrack album, see Kevin & Perry Go Large (soundtrack).

This is a list of all the songs used for the soundtrack in the film (taken from the film's credits).

Since being set largely in Ibiza, the film featured are large number of dance and techno tracks and DJ's that were popular at the time

Venues featured in the film[edit]

The Ibiza club Amnesia makes an appearance in the film. However, the front view of the club, as shown in the film, is not the same as the actual Amnesia. The DJ booth that Eyeball Paul uses in the film is not the actual booth of the club, which is sited above the giant "spectrum analyser", seen in the film to the right of the fictitious booth. intu Watford and Charter Place in Watford was also used. Freemans Close in the small village of Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire was used for the location of the Patterson's house. Ibiza Airport was briefly used; however, the footage of a Virgin Sun Airlines plane taking off was actually filmed at El Altet airport in Alicante.

Kevin and Perry and Kevin's parents' apartment is in Santa Eulària des Riu in Ibiza.

The opening sequence where Kevin dreams of saving Anne Boleyn from execution was filmed at Dover Castle.[1]

Viewing certificate[edit]

Harry Enfield suspected that the "two uses" of the word "fuck" (there were actually three, all by Rhys Ifans) were the cause of the film's BBFC rating being a 15, rather than a targeted 12. He revealed in the film's audio commentary that the 15 rating was given because of a scene where a group of men took drugs.[contradiction] According to BBFC guidelines, scenes of drug-taking often breach the rules of a 12-rated film.

Box office[edit]

Kevin & Perry Go Large was the top-grossing film at the British box office over the Easter weekend of 2000, taking £2 million and ranking as the number one film in the UK.[2] The next week the film was knocked off the top spot by Scream 3, but it regained its number one position the week after, in a week in which box office revenues were down due to warm weather.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Kevin & Perry Go Large Film Focus". 
  2. ^ Scott, Mary. "Kevin And Perry goes large at UK cinemas". Screen Daily, 25 April 2000. EMAP Ltd. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Scott, Mary. "Kevin And Perry go large again in the UK". Screen Daily, 8 May 2000. EMAP, Ltd. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 

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