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Mindhorn: A Very Funny Film That Features Some Mind-Blowing Capoeira

February 7, 2018


I’ve watched Mindhorn two times and I kinda want to watch it again right now. There is something about cringe-worthy British fictional comedic characters like David Brent (The Office) and Alan Partridge that I love and now the world has a new idiot named Richard Thorncroft who is perfectly self-absorbed. Director Sean Foley and writers Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh) and Simon Farnaby (the dude who wrote Paddington 2) have given the world a comedic gem that features fun characters, hilarious gags, and some beautiful capoeira.


Mindhorn centers around a washed-up British actor named Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) who blew his chance at massive stardom when he left his hit television show in an attempt to make it in Hollywood. His westward trip didn’t work out so he moved back to Walthamstow and pays his rent via girdle (man-spanx) commercials. After a sick twist of fate, he is asked to bring back his Mindhorn character because a madman on the Isle of Man will only deal with the fictional character. Thus, the massive blowhard has to return to a place he slagged off in order to aid in an investigation and eventually learn that he’s “an arsehole who realizes that he’s an arsehole.”

Being that Thorncraft is an absolute shit the investigation takes a wrong turn and things get much messier than they need to be. The main suspect might not even be a suspect and instead of closing the case everything gets more complicated as more deaths accrue and people get comically shot. Since he is back in the Isle of Man Thorncroft is reunited with his ex-girlfriend Patricia (Essie Davis) who is living with his former stuntman Clive (Simon Farnaby) who holds a pretty great grudge against him. Also, Thorncroft is broke so he gets back in touch with a former costar named Peter Easterman (Steve Coogan) whose spinoff Windjammer has become a massive success in order to get Mindhorn DVDs on the market.

After all the chess pieces are in place we are blessed with a silly mystery that builds to one of my favorite comedic moments in recent years. I don’t want to spoil anything but it involves a man who has been taped into a silly costume doing slow motion capoeira to avoid being shot by an A-list actress. When you watch the scene I guarantee you will have a smile on your face.

Mindhorn is a very funny movie that juggles multiple plotlines successfully and proves itself to be very silly. If you are looking for a good laugh I definitely recommend that you check this out on Netflix and listen to this classic pop song.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. John Leavengood permalink
    February 7, 2018 7:16 am

    That music video… what did I just watch? LOL

  2. John permalink
    February 7, 2018 4:22 pm

    Not seen this, but I like the references to Brent and Partridge


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