Restless Natives Review

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A pair of Scottish lads become modern day higwaymen, and amuse tourists by holding up tour buses.


With its Big Country soundtrack and Mel Smith cameo, this gentle Scottish comedy is undeniably, inescapably '80s.

Nostalgia aside, though, there's plenty of charm in the light-hearted tale of two amateur, tourist-bus-heisting highwaymen (Vincent Friell and Joe Mullaney) who become folk heroes, and its cheerful disdain for outsiders (namely tourists) gives it a quirky parochial edge.

The narrative wanes and moral issues are side-stepped, but likeable performances, those rolling Caledonian hills and a jubilant tone make this as sweet as it is slight.

A sweet, slight, jubilant comedy.