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The Carry On series was long but dead already. Carry On England was terrible and Carry On Emannuelle was unforgivable, so what made everyone think that this one had potential?
I watched this movie out of pure curiosity because it's like the rite-of-passage in Carry On to see one of the poor movies, and my jaw was on the floor. I just couldn't believe what I was watching. Because most of the original cast in the early nineties were either dead or too old to be embarrassing themselves in their already-dead Carry On careers, loads and loads of "popular" British TV stars at the time were called in to "replace" them. I put those two words in quotation marks because those adjectives were even debatable back then.
This was my biggest problem with the film. It's obvious to me that most of these actors are just Replacement Goldfish to the original cast. The late Rik Mayall portrays an Indian king in a performance that Kenneth Williams probably would've done if he was alive (he already did in Carry On Up The Khyber!), whereas I also saw a Peter Butterworth in one of the bumbling travelling salesmen, and I saw a Terry Scott's mannerisms in a thief. I'm sorry, am I watching the 4th season of Glee or something? These actors are basically acting like the original actors acting as these characters!
Other than that, there's the jokes. Maybe it's because I'm watching imitators reciting jokes that Joan Sims and Bernard Bresslaw would be saying, or it's because I'm watching a film from The '90s using jokes from The Sixties and The '70s, but I didn't laugh once at the humour. Maybe it's both.
The old jokes were funny back in the era of the Carry On heydays because I was watching it from the point of view from an audience member that was around at the time. When I watch this movie, I was already annoyed that Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas had the nerve to try and recreate what was already dead, and I still was disappointed.
Anyone considering checking out Carry On films, DON'T SEE THIS ONE. It rides the coattails of an already-dead popular saga. Rent out Camping.
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