Tolly Dominic Coleman , obsessed with jam and fish paste sandwiches. Shaun of the Dead — in feminised world of consumerism and service industries. There are many flat lines, poor pacing, and it is flabbily filmed. But it is an interesting commentary.
It was "not a review-driven film", reasoned Entertainment Films, but more of a "Friday night, after-the-pub type comedy, one for the lads". Such a banning order is always a red rag to a bull; critics smell fear and the chance to hurl rotten tomatoes at the Potato Men. They know there must be something to hide, and indeed there is. Sex Lives Of The Potato Men is every flaccid, flabby inch as ghastly as is always the case when protective barriers shield a film, be it a cheap-as-chips British "ladcom" or a Hollywood folly that cost multi-millions. These futile games to try to outflank the sharks of the fourth estate are but a minor irritation. The film itself is far more annoying, being both a waste of Arts Council funding and of the comedic talent assembled for this Confessions movie for the post-Viz age. Together with Dominic Coleman they form the four potato delivery men of the apocalypse, riding around Birmingham in their battered van, dropping off bags of spuds and dropping their trousers at every opportunity in relentless pursuit of carnal gratification.
Anita Overland Best mates Dave and Ferris, Tolly, and boss Jeremy, are very normal, underachieving, dysfunctional everymen who are either having sex, or on the lookout for it. Screeching through the streets of Walsall in their potato van, Dave and Ferris call upon a stream of regular customers, some of whom they are more friendly with than others. Ferris has split up with his wife and is currently living with his mother-in-law, whilst Dave has just been thrown out by his. He imagines the split will unleash a new wave of sexual freedoms with the women of the midlands, but reality quickly proves to be some way off. Ferris, meanwhile, is known for his generously proportioned appendage and has a regular store-room liason with one chip shop worker in particular; but things get very weird very quickly when she invites him to her house!