DICKS: THE MUSICAL

★★★

A24 FINDS THE RIGHT NOTE

THEATRICAL REVIEW
By Chris Dos Santos
28th November 2023

A24 is a brand that I find really interesting. They brand themselves similarly to Disney as opposed to Universal or Sony Pictures; they are often the draw to see the film. "Let's go see the new A24 film" is a phrase I've heard too often, and in the last 10 years they have only cemented themselves as not only a leading distributor but a huge brand with a clear image in the market. Now they're releasing their first ever musical, 'Dicks: The Musical', which is being marketed as "an A24 musical".

Craig (Josh Sharp, Apple TV+'s 'Search Party') and Trevor (Aaron Jackson, TV's 'Broad City') are two straight businessmen who are at the top of their game selling parts for Vroombas. When their company merges and they meet their boss Evelyn (Megan Thee Stallion, Disney+'s 'She-Hulk: Attorney at Law'), they realise they are identical twins! Separated at birth, they decide they want to reunite their broken family by having their parents, Evelyn (Megan Mullally, TV's 'Will & Grace' and 'Parks and Recreation') and Harris (Nathan Lane, 'Beau is Afraid', 1994's 'The Lion King'), secretly meet and remarry. But this crude take on 'The Parent Trap' has so much madness packed in its 86-minute run time from the Sewer Boys, vaginas falling off, God (Bowen Yang, 'Fire Island', 'Bros'), and just oh so many dick jokes.

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I think it's safe to say 'Dicks: The Musical' is not for everyone. It's easily the year's crudest film - and it really goes for it, in the best ways possible. The film really is balls-to-the-wall insane; I can't even scratch the surface without having to put a content warning on this review. The entire cast just throws themselves into the madness which makes this an instant camp classic. In terms of comparison, the closest I can think of is the 2005 made-for-TV film 'Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical'. It's the only other film that comes to mind when thinking of crude movie musicals.

It's easily the year's crudest film - and it really goes for it, in the best ways possible.

The music is also really strong; it's a great comedic soundtrack. The standouts being the opening number 'I'll Always Be on Top' and the closing 'All Love is Love'. Both Nathan Lane's and Megan Mullally's numbers are also fantastic. They are such legends in the comedy field and put everything into this film. In her feature film debut, Megan Thee Stallion really takes the cake - not just in her number 'Out Alpha the Alpha', but nailing everything they give her.

'Dicks: The Musical' lives up to its title, but that means this isn't for everyone. It's crude, it's unapologetically gross and insane. It's a full-out musical comedy that knows what it is and just goes with it.

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