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Tina & Bettina - The Movie (2012)

Director:
Simen Alsvik
COUNTRY
Norway
GENRE
Comedy
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
-
RUNNING TIME
81 minutes
Producer:
Kjetil Omberg
Terje Strømstad
Jørgen Storm Rosenberg
Screenwriter:
Espen Enger


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Tina Odd Magnus Williamson
Bettina Henrik Thodesen
Sigrund Munthe Foss Else Kåss Furuseth ½
Synøve Risnes Triana Iglesias Holten
Niklas Björn Gustafsson ½
Rolf Ingar Helge Gimle
Geir Nils Jørgen Kaalstad
Rektor Mari Maurstad
Emo Kevin Vågenes
Tinas mor Trine Wiggen

 

Review

This little social satire is based on two overclass, ignorant, self-obsessed teenage characters made and played by comedians Odd Magnus Williamson and Henrik Thodesen on the late-night comedy show "Torsdag kveld fra Nydalen" on Norwegian TV2. The "girls'" video blog revolved around high-school intrigue and the importance of being from the west side of Oslo and having enough money to show for it, and the great concern was of course whether these 5-minute blog entry skits were enough to base an entire feature film on. Luckily, the screenwriters have done a good job in scaling-up Tina & Bettina, and the result is a full-blown high-school satire with a good combination of local and universal issues and features. The comedy balances quite effectively on the edge of overcooking, and to my surprise, the many music video segments work as intensifiers rather than the opposite. Fine comedy acting by Williamson and Thodesen is the icing on this remarkably tasty and creative cake.

 

Copyright © 1.10.2012 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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