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Dicks: The Musical ★★★★



Director: Larry Charles

Cast: Josh Sharp, Aaron Jackson, Nathan Lane, Bowen Yang, Megan Thee Stallion, Megan Mullaly

Release: 6th October 2023 (USA & Canada)

When a film has a title like Dicks: The Musical, you should know exactly what you’re getting into. Guaranteed, it will be the most fun and one of the greatest cinematic experiences you’ll ever have at the movie theatres with an audience. Directed by Larry Charles, who is best known for his outrageous comedies with Sacha Baron Cohen, such as Borat, Brüno and The Dictator, this is easily one of the best things he has ever done. Based on the off-Broadway show Fucking Identical Twins by Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp, it is indeed A24’s first-ever musical in their entire filmography. Jackson and Sharp have returned to write the script and star as the titular two protagonists with an excellent supporting cast of actors like Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Bowen Yang and Megan Thee Stallion. Does the title alone pique your interest? Well, it should because it’s genuinely terrific.

Two salesmen named Trevor and Craig (Jackson and Sharp) find out their long-lost identical twin brothers and go on a mission to reunite their parents so they can all be one happy family again.

We know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t that similar to The Parent Trap?” It’s the same premise but with many raunchy, shocking and ridiculous moments. Please don’t say we didn’t warn you. However, it doesn’t change that it’s hilarious from start to finish. Easily one of the craziest features of A24. You’ll be laughing non-stop because it’s genuinely one of the best comedies you’ll ever see on the big screen. It’s also surprisingly heartfelt, especially with the brilliant acting performances. Jackson and Sharp have amazing chemistry with each other. It makes sense that their bond is believable from the get-go since they’re the creators and stars of the source material this is based on. Still, we live in a world where not every Broadway production needs to be adapted into a movie, particularly Cats and Dear Evan Hansen Lane and Mullally are outstanding as the twins’ parents, and they’re the ones who have the most hysterical scenes that the audience will undeniably love. They will make your jaw drop. You have to see it to believe it.

Since this is also a musical, it’s essential to mention it unquestionably has some of the best and most memorable musical numbers you’ll ever see. The songs are surprisingly catchy, unique, and highly entertaining and comedic. At times, the tone will probably remind you of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut with its tunes. You’re not supposed to take this film seriously and have fun.

Sure, the premise is undeniably predictable and simplistic. It knows exactly the type of movie it wants to be while being pridefully queer with its music and characters. I hope this gets more people interested in future projects from Jackson and Sharp because they’re comedic geniuses. Dicks: The Musical is unlike anything you’ll see this year, ideally!

Steven Lee has always been passionate about movies. He also writes for Short Ends, Montreal Rampage, That Moment In and Borrowing Tape.

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