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Chunky Monkey Review

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Donald just wants to insert a tub of the titular ice cream into a Julie Andrews lookalike (and not orally). First he'll have to deal with the body on his floor, skinhead Christians, and Jesus Christ with an afro in his living room.

★★★★★

Shot in 2001 and now huckstered into cinemas (litigation nearly sank it — you’ll understand in a minute), imagine Abigail’s Party gatecrashed by Viz…

Sometime serial killer Donald (David Threlfall) is waiting at home with a body on the floor and one thing on his mind: unloading a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream up the back-passage of a Julie Andrews lookalike (two lawsuits for the price of one there). A string of unexplained, uninvited guests — skinheads, crooners, a big, black Jesus — ensure Donald is left waiting.

The presence of Alison Steadman amps up the overall vibe of a depraved Mike Leigh, but given the limitations — one location, talky script — it’d be more at home on the Edinburgh Fringe.

Greg Cruttwell’s scraggy debut sows seeds of promise, although Lord knows what will grow from it.

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