The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is programme for youth in Scotland founded in 1956 by Prince Phillip. Part of the programme includes a survival section where the group is left out in the Highlands of Scotland. Sounds like a good topic for satire.
Enter the black comedy, Get Duked! from rookie director Ninian Doff. Get Duked! is very funny and full of stoner jokes, hip hop and some truly wild satire.
Three loser friends are given the “opportunity” to enter the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Dean (Rian Gordon), Duncan (Lewis Gribben) and DJ Beatroot (Viraj Juneja) get teamed up with straight-laced volunteer Ian (Samuel Bottomley) and dropped into the wild with substitute teacher Mr. Carlyle (Jonathan Aris). However, the truth of what was ahead of the four boys was stranger than they ever believed.
It turned out that there were a couple of aristocrats (Eddie Izzard & Georgie Glen) hunting these boys for sport.
There are some really laugh out loud moments here. There is a distinct feel of British/United Kingdom type of humor here so if you are a fan of Monty Python or Mr. bean, this will be right up your path. There is a tone of absurdist humor peppered through he film, but it does not completely delve into parody.
The film weaves together some ridiculous situations into a great comedy with some excellent action and tense moments. I will say that I thought that the film did start a little slowly, but when it picked up, it picked up dramatically. As I was watching the ending of the film, I could see what was going to happen, but, when what I thought about DID happen, it was tremendously funny.
I watched Get Duked! on Amazon Prime today and I had a really good time doing it. In a weekend where there are a lot of new options both in the theaters and on streaming, Get Duked! is worth your time.