On May 11th, Chris Lilley’s much-anticipated new series Angry Boys premiered on Australian television. You might remember Lilley from his last series, the near perfect Summer Heights High, or maybe even from his first show, We Can Be Heroes. Either way, if you’ve seen any of his work, you know the guy can really muster up the yucks. Heck, after SHH, I was pretty sure the guy was incapable of doing any wrong. Whoops! As it turns out, third time’s a charm, or more appropriately, third time’s a blemish, because that is what Angry Boys is shaping up to be: a blemish on an otherwise flawless run of shows. As of last week’s episode, the series is a third of the way through its twelve episode run, and I’m just about ready to brand it a bona fide dud. I’m not the only one either; the ratings continue to slip with each new episode.
Angry Boys opens with a pair of familiar faces: returning from We Can Be Heroes is Daniel Sims and his twin brother Nathan. Last we saw these two, they were recovering from a surgery in which Daniel donated one of his eardrums to Nathan, who was going deaf for some reason or other. Welp, apparently the surgery failed, as Nathan is once again deaf and on his way to deaf people school. The main arc of the show is Daniel’s attempt to throw his brother a going away party, with his idols (the Legends as they are collectively called) hopefully attending.
The best character on the show (by a fair margin) is Gran, the Sims’ racist grandmother, who also happens to run a juvenile detention center, presumably one filled with… ANGRY BOYS! It’s puzzling that, although she’s the funniest part of the series, she has hardly been on the show since the first episode. What gives!? Maybe Lilley realizes she’s the breadwinner and is trying to minimize her role early in the series so her shhhhtick doesn’t get old.
The most boring character so far has been Blake Oakfield, a former surfing star who relives his glory days by heading his childhood gang, the Mucca Mad Boys, against their long time rival, the Fennel Hell Men. The only noteworthy aspect of the character is that he has no balls, literally (they were shot off during a gang brawl). There seemingly isn’t much more to this character other than being a surfer bra well past his prime (boring).
The worst of the worst is S. mouse, a rapper popular with the tweens who is confined to house arrest after defecating on a police car. I would go so far to say that it’s the worst character Lilley has ever imagined. I’d just like to know, when did it become OK to do black face again (was it ever OK to begin with)? Some might point to Robert Downey Jr.’s role in Tropic Thunder, but he was playing a white person donning black face. Lilley is just straight up going black face. I would maybe give him a pass if at the end of the day the character was actually funny, but unfortunately that isn’t the case. The same end he is trying to achieve with a black rapper born to wealthy parents could have just as easily been achieved with a white rapper in the same situation. Dare I say it would prolly be funnier, because there are few things funnier than rich white kids who talk like they’re from the ghetto (wiggers we used to call ’em).
The final Lilley character revealed was Jen Okazaki, mother of Japanese skating sensation Tim Okazaki. She also manages his skateboarding empire “GayStyle Enterprises,” which is based on the false claim that her son is gay. When I saw the trailer for the show, Jen looked to be the best character, and while I find her funny, I don’t think her act can maintain itself for another eight episodes (which is how I feel about most of the characters on the show). It also doesn’t help that the actor who plays Tim is pretty terrible.
In the end, I think the real problem with the series is that Lilley is trying to do too much. He should have stuck to the six episode format and cut out S. mouse and Blake Oakfield entirely. The main arc of Angry Boys would still be intact if Daniel was trying to get just Tim Okazaki to attend Nathan’s going away party. Another thing that annoys the shit out of me is when Tim, who is supposed to be American, uses the word “keen,” as in, “Mom was so keen on the whole gay angle.” Americans don’t say that shit, do your research dickhead! Anyway, I’ll continue to watch the show and hope for the best, but I gotta tell ya, it’s not looking good for Angry Boys.
I’m also hoping for a cameo by Jonah Takalua, whom I certainly consider to be an… ANGRY BOYS!