Sex Lives of the Potato Men
|Sex Lives of the Potato Men|
|Directed by||Andy Humphries|
|Produced by||Anita Overland|
|Written by||Andy Humphries|
|Music by||Super Preachers|
|Edited by||Guy Bensley|
|Distributed by||Entertainment Films|
|Release date(s)||February 20, 2004|
|Running time||85 min|
- Johnny Vegas as Dave
- Mark Gatiss as Jeremy
- Annette Bentley as Linda
- Julia Davis as Shelley
- Lucy Davis as Ruth
- Evie Garratt as Joan's Mum
- Robert Harrison as Kevin
- Nick Holder as Gordon
- Mackenzie Crook as Ferris
- Dominic Coleman as Tolly
- Barry Aird as Gherkin Man
- Joy Aldridge as Sauna woman
- Jeff Alexander as Bloke in group sex
- Adrian Chiles as Towel man
- Amerjit Deu as Doctor
- Justin Edgar as Chip Shop customer
- Huss Garbiya as Beans
- Carol Harvey as Chip Shop Girl 2
- Alfie Hunter as Matthew
- Laurence Inman as Bored Bloke in porn shop
- Jenny Jay as Coma woman/Helen
- Ceris Jones as Poppy's brother
- Helen Latham as Chip Shop Girl
- Kay Purcell as Gloria
- Nicola Reynolds as Poppy
- Kate Robbins as Joan
- Angela Simpson as Vicky
- Nicholas Tennant as Phil
- Betty Trew as Katie
The film was condemned by most film critics for being crude and tasteless. The Times review called it "one of the two most nauseous films ever made" and Christopher Tookey in The Daily Mail called it "the most shamefully inept, witless and repulsive British comedy that I have ever had the misfortune to see". Writer Will Self, writing for The Evening Standard, called it "mirthless, worthless, toothless, useless", while Johnny Vaughan in The Sun stated in his review: "The mind boggles as to how this movie actually got made." Kevin O'Sullivan in The Daily Mirror called it "one of the worst films ever made". Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian wrote, "it's a film which isn't in the slightest bit funny or sexy, and is deeply depressing. It also diminishes the reputation of many excellent TV comics, who are made to look tawdry and naff up there on the big screen in an echoing cinema". Catherine Shoard, in a review of the film in The Sunday Telegraph, stated "It's hard to know what to say to this - it's like finding the right words at a nasty accident... Sex Lives of the Potato Men is probably the lewdest Brit-com since Confessions of a Window Cleaner, and certainly the worst". Shoard also described the film as "Less a film than an appetite suppressant".  Ben Davis in the Morning Star later included Sex Lives of the Potato Men on his list of "some of the year's worst films". 
One of the few positive reviews for Sex Lives of the Potato Men came from Mark Adams in the Sunday Mirror, who stated "Vegas and Crook are a sleazy dream-team and brilliantly cast as the soft-core spud men... After several pints and a curry it could be the lads’ film of the year." 
It was also controversial in that nearly £1 million of public money from the National Lottery via the UK Film Council was used to fund the project. Nigel Andrews in the Financial Times criticised the use of lottery funding for the film.
Years after the film was released, Sex Lives of the Potato Men was still specified by film critics as an unusually bad film, including the aforementioned Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, and the BBC's Mark Kermode, who described the film as "absolutely, indescribably horrible, vulgar, stupid, tawdry, depressing, embarrassing, filthy, vile, stinky, repugnant, slimy, unclean, nasty, degenerative and mind-numbing". The Birmingham Post described it as "quite possibly the worst film ever made", while The Independent on Sunday stated that the film was "a strong contender for the title of worst film of all time". Donald Clarke of The Irish Times stated that "Sex Lives of the Potato Men attracted some of the worst reviews in living memory".  The film magazine Empire placed it at no. 7 in its list of "The 50 Worst Movies Ever".
- "Sex Lives of the Potato Men", Review by James Christopher, TimesOnline, 19 February 2004
- Christopher Tookey, Named and Shamed: The World's Worst and Wittiest Movie Reviews from Affleck to Zeta-Jones. Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2010 ISBN 1848765606, (p. 142).
- Critics Pan "Worst Film Ever" Sky News, 23 February 2004. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- Kevin O'Sullivan, The Daily Mirror, March 5, 2004, (p.14)
- Review: Sex Lives of the Potato Men The Guardian, 20 February 2004. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- Catherine Shoard, The Sunday Telegraph, 22nd February 2004.
- Ben Davis, The Morning Star, December 31, 2004.
- Mark Adams, The Sunday Mirror, 22nd February 2004.
- Sex comedy film grant criticised BBC News online. Retrieved 03-02-2007
- Mike Davies, The Birmingham Post, April 24, 2008 (p. 13).
- Matthew Bell, Independent on Sunday, February 8, 2009, (p. 42).
- Donald Clarke, "Out of Office:Interview with Mackenzie Crook". "The Ticket" Magazine, The Irish Times, April 25th, 2008, (p.6).
- The 50 Worst Movies Ever Empire Magazine.
- Sex Lives of the Potato Men at the Internet Movie Database
- Sex Lives of the Potato Men at AllMovie
- Sex Lives of the Potato Men at Rotten Tomatoes
- If it's too smutty, you're too snooty article in The Guardian in which writer/director Andy Humphries answers the criticism of the film. Retrieved on 30-11-2006