Trailer Park Boys: The Movie

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Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
Ciggarets and dope and mustard and baloney.jpg
Poster
Directed by Mike Clattenburg
Produced by Mike Clattenburg
Ivan Reitman (executive producer)
Written by Mike Clattenburg
Robb Wells
Based on Trailer Park Boys 
by Mike Clattenburg
Starring Robb Wells
John Paul Tremblay
Mike Smith
Edited by Jeremy Harty
Production
company
Odeon Films
Cavu Pictures
Showcase Original Movie
Topsail Entertainment
Trailer Park Productions
The Montecito Picture Company
Myriad Pictures
Distributed by Alliance Atlantis
Screen Media Films (US)
Release dates
  • October 6, 2006 (2006-10-06)
Running time 95 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $ 5 million
Box office $3,868,567[1]

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie, also known as The Big Dirty and simply Trailer Park Boys, is a 2006 Canadian mockumentary comedy film based on the hit television series Trailer Park Boys. The film follows characters Ricky, Julian and Bubbles creating a plan for The Big Dirty, one last crime that will enable them to retire from their criminal lives. The film, like the series, was directed and produced by Mike Clattenburg, with Ivan Reitman as an executive producer. It was released in Canada on October 6, 2006, and a limited release in the United States began on January 25, 2008. It has developed into a cult film since then.[2] It received an American rating of R by the MPAA for "pervasive language, sexual content/nudity and drug content."

Plot[edit]

Julian (John Paul Tremblay) plans to steal money from an ATM machine to make money. He gets his two best friends, Ricky (Robb Wells) and Bubbles (Mike Smith) to help him succeed in the operation and get rich. However, the plan does not go according to plan and they are chased by the police force. Bubbles runs off and is spared by the cops while Ricky and Julian take the arrest and go to jail for an 18 month sentence.

The jail instructor, Donny (Gerry Dee), kicks Ricky and Julian out 26 days early for a hockey league in jail. Donny plans to make Ricky's team lose by kicking Ricky out, the team's goalie and giving Donny and his team a chance to win the tournament. Ricky and Julian are picked up by Bubbles and Ricky's father, Ray (Barrie Dunn) and brought back to Sunnyvale Trailer Park, only to be greeted by the trailer park supervisor, Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth) and his shirtless, cheeseburger loving assistant, Randy (Pat Roach).

Ricky decides to get back with his girlfriend Lucy (Lucy DeCoutere) and be a better dad to his daughter, Trinity. However, Ricky learns from Sarah (Sarah Dunsworth) that Lucy got a new job at a strip club and she got new breast implants and her boss, Sonny (Hugh Dillon), the owner of the club is a dangerous man. After leaving the strip club, the boys decide to do The Big Dirty, a crime that will allow them to retire from their criminal lives.

Julian and his new girlfriend, Wanda (Nichole Hiltz), go to the movies on their first date. Waiting in line, Julian finds a money machine filled with change and thinks he found the Big Dirty and informs Ricky and Bubbles of the plan.

Ricky returns to the strip club and discovers that Lucy and Sonny banged twenty-eight times, enraging Ricky and forcing him to leave. As a party at J-Roc (Jonathan Torrens)'s trailer ensues back at the park, Ricky listens to April Wine as Lucy arrives and says that it was a lie and she only had sex with Sonny five or six times. Ricky proposes to Lucy at J-Roc's party and she says yes, then showing her boobs in front of all the people.

Lahey destroys Bubbles' shed and tells a fib to Barb Lahey (Shelley Thompson) that Ricky, Julian and Bubbles' lot fees are un-paid and are forced to leave. To keep themselves in Sunnyvale, the boys do the Big Dirty at the movie theatre, but things go wrong when Cory (Cory Bowles) and Trevor (Michael Jackson) pulling the fire alarm, but they succeed in escaping, accomplishing the Big Dirty.

At Ricky and Lucy's wedding, Sonny confronts them both with a handgun and shoots at Ricky's car as the money falls out through the gunshot holes. George Green and Ted Johnston arrest Sonny and Wanda and leave, but Lahey finds the money falling out of the car and tries to chase the boys to capture them. Lahey and Randy flip their car and the cops crash into Ricky's car, causing the money to fly out.

In court, Ricky demands Lahey should use a breathalyzer to see if Lahey is drunk or not. Lahey is revealed to be drunk and the boys are claimed innocent by the judge. The prosecutor also remarks that since there is no evidence of the money being taken illegally, he grants that the money will be return to the boys. Victorious, Ricky tells off Lahey but the prosecutor threatens to put Ricky in jail for a week for telling off Lahey. Ricky then asks Lucy and Trinity if he can go, which they allow him, leading Rick to tell off the whole court and is arrested for one week to play in the hockey tournament, along with Cory and Trevor. The team succeeds in winning and Cory and Trevor become the highlights of the prison after pantsing Donny in front of everyone, embarrassing him and making Cory and Trevor popular.

Reception[edit]

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie has received mostly positive reviews. The movie holds a 55% rating, based on 22 critics' reviews, on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]

Box office[edit]

Trailer Park Boys was the highest grossing movie in Canada for its first weekend in release October 7–8, 2006. The movie grossed an estimated $1.3 million at the box office in its opening weekend becoming the 11th top grossing film in North America for that weekend. It had a per-screen average of $6,632 over the three-day weekend, and played on over 200 screens.[4] As of November 19, 2006, the film had grossed $3.87 million.[5]

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Robb Wells Ricky
John Paul Tremblay Julian
Mike Smith Bubbles
John Dunsworth Jim Lahey
Patrick Roach Randy
Jonathan Torrens J-Roc
Cory Bowles Cory
Michael Jackson Trevor
Lucy DeCoutere Lucy
Sarah E. Dunsworth Sarah
Barrie Dunn Ray
Lydia Lawson-Baird Trinity
Nichole Hiltz Wanda
Gerry Dee Donny
Hugh Dillon Sonny
Alex Lifeson Cop #1
Gord Downie Cop #2
Scotty Mars Bouncer
Eugene Clark Cadillac

Differences between the movie and the TV series[edit]

The movie and TV series have a few subtle inconsistencies, possibly so viewers who have no previous experience with the show can follow the plot. Several direct contradictions are as follows.

  • Bubbles' shed: In the TV series, Bubbles lives in a number of store-bought sheds. In the movie, he lives in a shed made from lumber, plywood, and plastic roofing, which is condemned and destroyed by Mr. Lahey, and a new one built to replace it.
  • Lucy and Sarah's relationship/sexuality: In the TV series, Lucy and Sarah, both heterosexual, are simply old friends who share a trailer. In the movie, Lucy is "one-eighth gay," and the two have had previous sexual encounters.
  • Ricky and Lucy's marriage: At the end of the movie, Ricky and Lucy get married and go on to live together again. In the TV series, Ricky and Lucy were to get married in the first season finale, but the police shut down the ceremony to arrest Ricky and Julian. Ricky and Lucy then have an on-again/off-again relationship throughout the series without ever being married, even in episodes filmed after the movie or in the following movie.
  • Lucy's boob job: In the TV series, Lucy got her breast implants from the money that Cory and Trevor took from the boys. In the movie, she got them from Sonny, the owner of the gentlemen's club.
  • J-Roc's greasy films: In the TV series, J-Roc never succeeded in completing a greasy film, the titles of which are parodies of known titles. In the movie, J-Roc manages to complete a set of films, all of which contain the word "hoes" in the title.

The movie was released between Season 6 and Season 7, however, its story can be considered to take place either between seasons 4 and 5, when Lucy got her boob job, or between seasons 5 and 6, when Mr. Lahey's car first appeared without the roof. Because of the inconsistency of the timeline and the various differences between series and movie, the movie is considered to be non-canon.

Awards and recognition[edit]

The movie was nominated in three categories for the 27th Genie Awards in 2007:

  • Best Motion Picture
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Hugh Dillon)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay

Soundtrack[edit]

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
Soundtrack album
Released October 10, 2006
Genre Soundtrack
Label Anthem
  1. "Big Dirty Drums"
  2. "I Fought the Law" covered by The Big Dirty Band (original composition by Sonny Curtis and The Crickets)
  3. "38 Years Old" by The Tragically Hip
  4. "The Spirit of Radio" by Rush
  5. "Scared" by The Tragically Hip
  6. "Trailer Park Life" by J-Roc
  7. "Credulence"
  8. "Sweet Leaf" covered by Alexisonfire (original composition by Black Sabbath)
  9. "All Touch" by Rough Trade
  10. "Shithawks"
  11. "I'm on Fire for You Baby" covered by April Wine (original composition by David Elliott)
  12. "Bobcaygeon" by The Tragically Hip
  13. "Orca" by Wintersleep
  14. "Swamp Water" by Swollen Members
  15. "Ricky's Day in Court"
  16. "Liquor & Whores" by Bubbles & The Shit Rockers
  17. "Heavy Metal Love" by Helix

DVD release[edit]

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie is available in Canada on DVD. It was released on February 20, 2007.[6]

Sequels[edit]

On August 27, 2008, it was announced by Alliance Films that there was a second TPB movie being filmed. The movie, titled "Countdown To Liquor Day", is a continuation of the final TPB special, "Say Goodnight To The Bad Guys". The film was released in theaters on September 25, 2009. The third film in the franchise "Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize it!" was released on April 18, 2014.

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