Gregorys 2 Girls
Hes back and hes got some serious explaining to do
Running Time: 111 minutes
UK Certificate: 15
Country: Germany, United Kingdom
Some things never change. Take Gregory, for example. 18 years after winning the hearts of audiences the world over in Gregorys Girl, Bill Forsyths tale of coming-of-age in Cumbernauld, hes still at the same school though now as an English teacher. He also still looks a bit like a potato, though admittedly thats more the fault of actor John Gordon Sinclair than Gregory himself. Another thing that hasnt changed is that our Greg is still having woman problems. This time, though, Dee Hepburn and Clare Grogan are nowhere to be seen. Instead, we have to make do with Bel (Maria Doyle Kennedy), the fellow staff member who wont take no for an answer, and Frances (Carly McKinnon), the mid-teen object of Gregs wholly-inappropriate desires. But Gregorys 2 Girls is about more than just love-struck eyes meeting across the classroom. Bizarrely, its also about someone called Fraser (Dougray Scott), whos apparently an old school chum of Gregs yet wasnt in the 1981 original. On the surface he seems a charitable soul whos devoted his life to supplying free computer equipment to generic starving Third Worlders but underneath it all hes actually a trader of non-specific torture devices to various unnamed tyrannical regimes. To say its all a bit on the vague side would be an understatement, but as long as Gregory wannabe radical that he now is has enough to go on, then apparently so should we. Forsyth has been one of my all-time favourite film-makers, having brought us both the original Gregory flick and the even better Local Hero, but this latest effort just falls flat in too many departments. As a director hes failed to move with the times, and as a result this film feels almost as outdated as it is unsexy. Political activism and small town whimsy – much like the English teacher and his pretty 16-year-old pupil – prove uncomfortable bedfellows, and after nigh-on two hours of waiting for something to happen, the whole thing just peters out into a bizarre and unsatisfying ending.
It's Got: Unmatchable expectation levels.
It Needs: More of the original cast to be brought back (though many of them are no longer in the acting game in fact, one of them served me in a Stirling pub not so long ago).
DVD Extras Just a trailer and a lot of use that is, given that its basically an advertisement for something youre already watching. DVD Extras Rating: 1/10
Alternatives:Gregory's Girl, Local Hero
Watch the first one instead. Twice.