The king of the SA box office Leon Schuster is back with a brand new movie. The film is called Mad Buddies and it officially opened today. Whether you love him or you hate him, the one thing you can’t dispute is the fact that Schuster is a genius when it comes to make movies. Not in an Academy Award winning kind of a way, but rather a “I know the market and how to make SA laugh” kind of way. His movies always do well and this one will do as well I feel.
This time he has the backing of Disney and during an interview session with Schuster, he told me that there is pressure to excel and succeed with this film, but also that they believed in the project. Hence their backing. “We’ve tested the film with smaller audiences and I think it works,” he said. “I just hope when it opens we get a big South African audience and hopefully with the backing from Disney we might be able to sell it overseas too.”
The story is simple. Boetie (Schuster) and Beast (Kenneth Nkosi) find themselves fighting all the time. Their arguing comes to a head and it leaves them with two options; get on with one another or face jail time. This is proposed my Minister of Tourism, Minister Mda (Alfred Ntombela) and a conniving TV producer named Kelsey (Tanit Phoenix) creates a secret TV show out of their journey from Durban to Johannesburg. Obviously there are tricks, pranks and a whole lot of laughs along the way.
It’s a laugh a minute, a slapstick if you like, but it really is great entertainment. I would suggest you go out and support the SA film industry. Don’t pirate the film, you will get caught and you will be punished. Check out this press release for proof: Continue reading