Gone Too Far (2013)
Sending it Up in Peckham
You look like your fresh off the boat - Yemi
Yemi (Malachi Kirby) has grown up in Peckham where his street cred is at the top of his priorities as is Armani (Shanika Warren-Markland) the object of his affection, although he isn't hers. But then his long lost brother Iku (O.C. Ukeje) arrives from Nigeria and Yemi is horrified by his lack of style and fun loving attitude. Forced to take Iku with him to buy some groceries and show him around the Peckham neighbourhood initial differences get put to one side as they start to understand each other.
Welcome to the world of culture clash comedy done Peckham style where we have lots of stereotypes playing off of each other. That is the simplest way to describe "Gone to Far" where we get everything from young teenagers whose ever other word seems to be "innit", big mother's with headscarves who are outspoken and don't care if they embarrass their children in front of their friends and everything else you would expect from a comedy which is on a surface level all about the extreme stereotypes. And it is a lot of fun watching young Yemi trying to be cool with his friends whilst having to not only deal with his mum but now his brother cramping his style.
But there is of course more to "Gone Too Far" than the comedy of Yemi taking a knock to his street cred thanks to his sandal and sock wearing brother. But I will leave that for you to discover on your own because to be honest it doesn't need much explaining and gives the movie the slice of charm it needs to work against all the culture clash comedy. The thing is that on paper it would be easy to dismiss "Gone Too Far" for being just another culture clash comedy but it is so sharp and easy to enjoy with all the stereotypes that it has a life of its own.
What this all boils down to is that "Gone Too Far" whilst nothing new with its culture clash comedy it is so full of energy and sharp with its full on stereotypes that it just brings a huge smile to your face whilst also making you think without it over taxing you.
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