Grimsby | Film review - Sacha Baron Cohen & Mark Strong deliver bad-taste gags galore

Grimsby Sacha Baron Cohen Mark Strong
Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong star in Columbia Pictures' THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY. (Image credit: Daniel Smith)

Grimsby - Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong plumb gross-out depths as chalk-and-cheese long-lost brothers in this resolutely low-brow spy caper.

Grimsby Sacha Baron Cohen Mark Strong

Separated as kids, Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong’s long-lost siblings – one a feckless Northern yob, the other an ultra-suave black-ops agent for MI6 – reunite to foil a global terrorist plot in resolutely lowbrow spy comedy Grimsby (originally The Brothers Grimsby).

Much of the film sees Baron Cohen striving to out-gross the grossest of gross-out comedies, with the eye-wincing sequence in which the pair fall foul of some copulating elephants in South Africa plumbing new depths for the genre.

The throwaway gags in between these laboured set pieces are much more successful, raising a smile rather than a grimace. The spy stuff is pretty feeble, though, and co-stars Rebel Wilson and Penelope Cruz are utterly wasted.


Certificate 18. Runtime 83 mins. Director Louis Leterrier

Grimsby is available on Digital HD and is released on Blu-ray & DVD, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Blu-ray & Digital Extras:

  • Two Featurettes: “The Making of Grimsby” “The Elephant in the Room”
  • Line-O-Rama: Hilarious Outtakes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes

DVD Extras:

  • “The Making of Grimsby” Featurette
  • Line-O-Rama: Hilarious Outtakes

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.