As the TV series never aired in the US, this was the first exposure to the Trailer Park Boys most people had. It’s not surprising that they never quite took off here.
Released between the sixth and seventh seasons of the show, it’s clear that Clattenburg wanted this to be a grand debut on the big screen… But he also had to deal with the reality that most people seeing it would be new to the characters. As a result, the movie does not take place within the show’s continuity. Some elements place it as taking place between seasons 2 and 3, but other plot details are retreads from the show, with differing details, such as Trinity’s age.
This causes a strange dichotomy — There’s nothing here for fans of the show, other than the novelty of seeing these characters on film stock, and new viewers would fail to see the appeal. Trailer Park Boys, for better or worse, is inherently something that doesn’t grab you immediately. If I had seen this movie first, I probably would have just found it grating, instead of dull. The movie also abandons the documentary conceit, opting instead for more controlled cinematography. This isn’t a bad thing in itself, but it goes back to the point of misleading new viewers, as well as alienating those who liked the show already.
The plot, as is standard for the show, revolves around a heist, in this case stealing a bunch of change. It’s anti-climactic, and over in a couple of minutes. Compared to some of the setpieces from the season finales, it’s especially disappointing, as being freed from television’s restraints should have been the most evident here.
The film does have exactly one funny scene, which I will include here, to keep you from having to slog through the entire thing:
Aside from that, this movie has nothing to offer. Watch the series or the second movie, which is much better (and more faithful to the show). While there are certainly movies more putrid, as a result of having zero redeeming features, and belief that nobody should have any reason to ever watch this, I feel only one score is appropriate.