In 2002 a small, very low budget mockumentary was produced in western Canada that gained a fair measure of critical acclaim and became a cult favourite rather quickly. FUBAR was the tale of two life-long friends and head-bangers who were forever given’er, drinking beer like men and wearing fantastically quoiffed hockey-hair. It made Ranylt Richildis’ list of Ten Secret Canadian Films, which should be enough to convince you that it’s definitely worth watching. It’s unceasingly funny, sometimes poignant and an interesting exploration of both friendship and documentary filmmaking. It’s may have also suffered a severe head injury.
Apparently, it was successful enough to warrant a sequel as, on October 1, 2010, FUBAR 2 will be released in Canada. The synopsis Via Tribute.ca:
The story starts in Calgary where the boys are tired of trying to give’r while barely scraping by, when their old buddy and party leader, Tron (Andrew Sparacino) hooks them up with jobs in Fort McMurray. Before long they are rolling in dough and good times.
Flush with money and confidence, Terry starts dating Trish (Terra Hazelton), a local waitress, and things get serious in a hurry. Meanwhile, Dean is playing up the part of the cancer survivor, and upon hearing about the glories of workers’ compensation, purposely bungs up his leg in an attempt to qualify. When Terry moves in with Trish, Dean does his best to save his buddy from swapping the banger life for domestic captivity.
It should be noted that the trailer is NSFW.
There are two items that I would like to address here. Firstly, I’m praying to the party gods that the fact that there is a whole lot more money involved in part two doesn’t suck all of the charm and stupidity out of what was the immensely enjoyable original movie. Unfortunately, this is more often than not the norm with indie pictures that realize mainstream success and get studioed by The Machine. I’m sure it will be full of fucks, give’rs and hosery, but I’m hopeful that, since it was still shot locally, they will retain the down home head-banger feel of the picture.
The second consideration is that, while it may seem that the filmmakers are mining stereotypes for laughs, everybody in Canada (and probably the US) knows or has known someone who acts just like Terry and Deaner. I’m not fucking kidding. Just yesterday, in my province, a man was arrested for driving around on a quad motorcycle naked. While he was wearing a helmet it appears that harassing female grader operators with your flapping genitalia is a no-no in this vast and free expanse of prairie. So while those of us like to believe that we are above and beyond such stunts as portrayed in FUBAR, sometimes it’s hard to have ones proclivities demonstrated to us on film.
Now, if I could just ask each of you to donate $10.00 to the A Purple Helmet is Still a Helmet legal defense fund it would be appreciated. My lawyer isn’t going to pay for himself.