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We review Copposites – A refreshing local comedy that will have you in stitches

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A cop. A Conman. A crazy formula. It’s Freaky Friday, Vice Versa or any other body swap movie all over again. And it is distinctly South African. As they say – if it ain’t broke… Copposites certainly isn’t. Sure, it has its flaws, but this might just be the funniest local film you’ll see in a long time. And, yes, that’s counting Leon’s stuff…

Alfred “Sharky” Majola is a conman trying to go straight. He has piles of bills, a pregnant girlfriend, judgemental in-laws and a sizable debt to settle with a nasty loan shark. On the other side is Detective Jan Venter, a washed-out drunkard cop who ruined his marriage and is about to sink his career as well.

After a brief altercation with his ex-wife’s new lover’s car, Venter is suspended and has to take a post as a security guard at a lab. Majola, meanwhile, accepts one last job in order to repay his debt: break into the lab and steal a revolutionary new formula. Things don’t go as planned and when the two men wake up, they have swapped bodies.

Good chemistry is important in a buddy movie – fortunately Sivuyile “Siv” Ngesi and Rob Van Vuuren have no problem there. They are good friends in the real world and clearly enjoyed this chance to work together professionally, relishing in each other’s gags and outbursts. Both actors are challenged as Van Vuuren adopts a Zulu accent and Ngesi employs a convincing Afrikaner drawl. Not everyone might be happy with the strength of the accents, but you have to rather picky to really complain.

There are plenty of stabs across the race line, though nothing offensive, and apart from one slight poop-joke, Copposites keeps things above the belt. That said, it is wholly a slapstick experience, just not one that opts for outright juvenile, lowest-common-denominator stuff.

The two leads are joined by a stellar local cast. The stand-outs were easily Nik Rabinowitz and Lukhanyo Bele, who absolutely stole their scenes, joined by the likes of Alfred Ntombela and, briefly, Loyisa Gola. It’s a stellar cast and the strongest showing yet of local comedians in a movie.

Copposites does fall a little short in its third act, which is rather weak when compared to the previous scenes. The jokes are strong, but the story doesn’t build up to quite the climax that would have served it best. Faults could also be found with a few of the physical comedy scenes – neither of the leads are particularly known for physical comedy and at times it shows. But their combined performances gloss over the cracks. And when Van Vuuren unleashes his brilliant facial contortions, you’ll struggle to not crack up.


Last Updated: October 19, 2012


  1. Kervyn Cloete

    October 19, 2012 at 11:24

    Siv Ngesi is one hilarious dude.

    • James Francis

      October 19, 2012 at 12:50

      Yeah, they are all on their game in this one.

  2. Nathan Horne

    October 19, 2012 at 14:05

    Barry Ronge said this was the worse movie he has ever seen in his life. But then again, he also said that Moonrise Kingdom takes place in the 1980’s. So, I’m sure he was playing on his phone during both movies…

    • James Francis

      October 19, 2012 at 19:56

      Yeah, I heard that as well. but I’ll accept this will be a love/hate film. It’s not excellent, but still a real step up for local movies and comedies. And if you like any of the comedians mentioned, you’ll dig it.

  3. Omar

    October 20, 2012 at 13:10

    I’m afraid to give local movies a chance, they’re oversold and undercooked, add to that not being a big fan of comedies, I’ll pass on this… I am praying for some more meatier SA-flavoured films to be made in the coming years tho ^_^

  4. Luigi the Rizla

    October 21, 2012 at 13:20

    Come on, dudes, you’re just letting this off lightly for being South African. It’s full-blown retarded.

    • Jarrod

      October 22, 2012 at 14:41

      Lol I agree. I haven’t seen this. But maybe I should. I doubt I’ll be as kind with my review.

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