What to say if you liked it
A deliciously colloquial, faithful comedy about working class pensioners who live on a rundown Glasgow housing estate.
What to say if you didn’t like it
A feeble succession of pithy vignettes stripped bare of humour, pathos and character so it resembles Last of the Summer Wine with profanities.
What was good about it?
• The uncompromising employment of thick Scottish accents and coarse Glasgow argot awards the comedy a sense of authenticity.
• Protagonists Tom and Jack feigning ignorance to busybody Isa of the buxom widow who had just started work at the café, before brandishing a box of chocolates and flowers to her when she passed by.
• Winston becoming enraged when Bobby the barman mocks his false leg, which is a woman’s model complete with painted toenails. He rips the prosthetic limb off and tosses it at Bobby before toppling over.
• Jack giving tips on courting to the local teenage delinquent. “I like PlayStations. Do you like PlayStations?”
What was bad about it?
• The humour can be very slow and often the scenes seem overlong.
• Female characters are sparse, and those that do appear are either caricatures such as Isa, who has gossip diarrhoea, or the buxom widow in the café, who was portrayed as a potential “black widow” before she was killed in an accident.
• Too much reliance on the façade that old people telling weak jokes is somehow funnier than youngsters reciting the same punch-lines. Too many of the observations have been done better elsewhere.