The BBQ (2018) Saturday, 28 March 2020

The BBQ (2018)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Shane Jacobson is captain Cook.

  • Starring:

    Shane Jacobson, Magda Szubanski, Manu Feildel, Frederik Simpson, Julia Zemiro, Nicholas Hammond, Lara Robinson

  • Directed by:

    Stephen Amis

  • Running time:

    87 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)


    A chef throws a knife at a cook. A man is punched/thrown to the ground. Schoolyard brawl (pushing/yelling). Suicide reference ("I thought she was going to do herself in"). Theft, cheating. Objects dropped/knocked over/thrown. Champagne bottle broken on ship's bow. Joke about Ned Kelly hanging. "She'll kill me", "he tried to kill me", "I'm gonna crush you" mentioned. D-Day, Watergate, Joan of Arc burned at the stake, Anzacs at Kokoda mentioned. Blood/gore: Sides of hanging meat; butchering raw meat. Bloody lip. Man on stretcher/in ambulance. Bone-cracking sounds heard. Hypoglycemia, blood-soaked hands leaking of death, war injury mentioned.


    A man says he got his wife pregnant twice in his car. A man (fearing parentage and child support says, "All we did was hold hands","she was pregnant already" and "that's not my child". A wife kicks her husband out. A husband and wife hug/kiss.


    Alcohol (champagne, wine, beer, spirits, shots, cocktail). A dairy farmer feeds wine to cows.


    Naff off, crappity, bollocks, wherever the f*** you want, crap, shite. Name-calling (intellectual giant, meathead of the week, convict, primitive, neanderthal, numpty, froggy, fat cow, daft git, fat little mooer, philanderer, Captain Undercooked, scary, useless pillock, the botulism butcher, lazy, arrogant, dirty, stubborn, underdog, stinker, etc). Gender, racial and cultural stereotyping. Religious exclamations (how the hell, hell's teeth, cleanliness is next to godliness, for God's sake, thank God, good Lord, etc) and references (clean as a nun's night dreams, Hindu Dharma Mahabharata mentioned).


    Backyard barbecues, family, cooking competitions, veganism, rivalry, Australian history, ancestry, food poisoning, family tradition, retail, neighbours, Wagyu beef, marbling, in-laws, marriage difficulties, betrayal, revenge, grudges, turmeric.


    Dead father (heart attack) mentioned. Courtroom setting. Butchering, grilling, eating, massaging, skewering, carving, basting meat (steaks/sausages/chicken/chops/prawns). Meat spat out/thrown in bin. Vomiting, spitting. Dogs, cows. Fishing, dead fish, tank fish. Brief subtitles (cows) and translation (Japanese).


    Good-hearted, diverting, amusing, charming, feel-good, cheerful. Shane Jacobson is perfectly cast, family friendly.


    Formulaic, unambitious, cliched, unoriginal. Low-budget feel, thin story, full of stereotypes, weak antagonist, inconsequential/distracting subplots, questionable/distracting product placement.


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