Restless Natives Review

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

by ALS |
Published on
Release Date:

01 Jan 1985

Running Time:

89 minutes

Certificate:

PG

Original Title:

Restless Natives

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.
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