Picks and Pans Review: The Lunatic
Julie T. Wallace, Paul Campbell
Let it be noted that this self-consciously whimsical trifle may be the first film to boast as its rallying cry, "Pum-pum rules"—pum-pum being Jamaican patois for female genitalia.
Set in Jamaica, this debut film of director Lol Creme, the British ex-rocker (1Occ) turned music video-maker (Herbie Hancock's Rockit), tells the story of a village idiot (Campbell) for whom flora and fauna are frequent conversational companions. When Wallace, a strapping German tourist with lust in her heart and criminal money-making schemes in her head, spies him asleep under his favorite tree and makes him her own, Campbell's life is over and the pum-pum dominion has begun.
There are a few bawdy laughs in the ensuing reign, but not enough. Campbell, a Jamaican actor, is merely personable, While Wallace, a British actress best known stateside (at least to A&E cable watchers) for her fabulously grotesque turn as the She-Devil in the BBC's The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil, goes overboard with her German accent and heavy-handed comic takes.
Wanna bet that the American remake will feature a cheerleader and be called Pom-Pom Still Rules? (R)
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