Bigga Than Ben: A Russian's Guide to Ripping Off London (3 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Bigga Than Ben: A Russian's Guide to Ripping Off London

(SA Halewood, UK) 85min

Allegedly based on the diary of a young Moscovite who came to London in the late 1990s, Bigga than Ben is, for the majority of its running time, a distracting black comedy. Cobakka (Ben Barnes) and Spiker (Andrei Chadov) are a couple of Russian wide boys who, on arrival in Britain, quickly learn the beauty of cashback, shoplifting and smoking crack. Told with a tongue-in-cheek expositional glee that brings to mind Guy Ritchie’s mockney dramas, Bigga Than Ben certainly has a freewheeling charm that is greatly enhanced by some winning performances. As Cobakka and Spiker’s friendship breaks down, however, director Halewood seems at a loss how to make us feel emotion for these self-proclaimed racist scumbags.

Filmhouse, Fri 27 Jun, 9.30pm, £8 (£6.40).

Bigga Than Ben: A Russian's Guide to Ripping Off London

  • 2 stars
  • 2007
  • UK
  • 1h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: S A Halewood
  • Cast: Ben Barnes, Andrei Chadov, Ovidiu Matesan

Allegedly based on the diary of a young Moscovite who came to London in the late 1990s, 'Bigga Than Ben' is, for the majority of its running time, a distracting black comedy. Cobakka (Barnes) and Spiker (Chadov) are a couple of Russian wide boys who, on arrival in Britain, quickly learn the beauty of cashback, shoplifting…

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