Movie review: Dark comedy 'Sightseers' more off-putting than funny

Published June 6, 2013 3:51 pm

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"Sightseers" is a dark comedy from Britain that's so intent on being dark that it sometimes neglects to be a comedy.

Alice Lowe and Steve Oram (who co-wrote the film) star as Tina and Chris, who have been dating a short while and are taking their first vacation together, a caravan road trip through the sights of Yorkshire. Tina notices that Chris gets riled up over other people's petty actions — including littering and being a smug know-it-all — and murders them quite savagely. Rather than sicken Tina, this trait kind of turns her on.

Lowe and Oram are touching as an onscreen couple, as their script mines humor out of their mutual awkwardness. But they and director Ben Wheatley take the humor from dry to depressing with an absurdly shocking finale.

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Opens Friday, June 7, at Broadway Centre Cinemas; not rated, but probably R for violence, sexuality and language; 88 minutes.