Tuesday, 14 July 2015

7 Days In Hell (2015)

Many will know of my dislike of most sport, but I have to say tennis is, for me, one I find particularly tedious. Needless to say the last Wimbledon fortnight has hardly been a highlight for me, but 7 Days In Hell made it worthwhile.

This gloriously funny spoof from writer Murray Miller is a mockumentary HBO sports show which was available on Sky Atlantic from this weekend. It details a fictional Wimbledon final from 2001 between American Aaron Williams and Brit Charles Poole  which lasted for seven straight days.

I only know Samberg from his work in the first series of Greg Davies' BBC3 sitcom Cuckoo and he was great in that (seriously, the second series with Taylor Lautner replacing him is shit. Don't watch it!) and he's equally hilarious here playing the adopted brother of Serena and Venus Williams, a controversial Agassi or Borg-like bad boy of the sport. His rival is played by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, a British child prodigy who is extremely stupid or, to quote his supermodel ex girlfriend played by Karen Gillan, he's like “a child with brain damage” Harington plays it dead straight, which is always a good idea for an actor unfamiliar with comedy.

Its a star studded affair too, with the aforementioned Gillan, Serena Williams, Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Howie Mandel, David Copperfield, John McEnroe, Mary Steenburgen, Jon Hamm, Chris Everet and Michael Sheen (who seems to be channeling the comedic performing style of a 1980s period Peter Cook as a pot bellied chain smoking and sexually creepy sports presenter unable to pronounce his R's pwopewly) all joining in the fun. 

Throw in a menacing and drunken depiction of the Queen, Engelbert Humperdinck, an unsuccessful sex tape and sex with streakers on the court and you have a laugh out loud funny spoof which gave me more laughs than Ted did, which I also watched at the weekend when it premiered on Channel 4. So, funnier than Ted? Indubitably.

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