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Kenneth Nkosi, Leon Schuster Star In South African Comedy 'Mad Buddies' (Are You Buying What They're Selling, SA?)

by Emmanuel Akitobi
July 6, 2012 10:33 AM
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Kenneth Nkosi (Tsotsi, White Wedding) stars in the newest Leon Schuster comedy film, Mad Buddies, which opened in South Africa last month.

Here's the synopsis for Mad Buddies:

Sworn enemies, Boetie (Schuster) and Beast (Nkosi), are forced to embark on a road trip as unwitting subjects of a new TV reality show. On camera, with the whole of South Africa in on the joke, the pair comes unstuck at every stage of the journey until they discover that they have been conned and join forces to exact revenge.

It's only been in SA theaters for about two weeks and, from what I gather from numerous on-line reviews, the general reaction to this over-the-top comedy is decidedly mixed.  Some have praised its joke-a-minute feel, while others have labled its slapstick style as "terrible".

Until Mad Buddies gets a U.S. (or DVD) release, I won't be able to tell you what I personally think of it.

But I'd like to hear from S&A's readers in South Africa-- what did you think of Mad Buddies?

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  • B | July 11, 2012 3:06 AMReply

    Accusations of racism are complete rubbish. Leon has cast a few Black actors to play "foolish" characters? Guess what: Leon ALWAYS plays a fool! He makes himself look like a bigger fool than anyone! Not to mention that (almost) every villain in his movies has been White. Lighten up, he makes SLAPSTICK COMEDIES ... everyone appears foolish in some respect.

  • D | July 7, 2012 11:32 AMReply

    Please don't watch anything done by Leon Schuster. He is racists and his work is highly offensive. He always does roles in black face and all the "black characters" he plays, he portrays them as fools. I like Kenneth Nkosi but I think he sold out by taking this role.

  • Vanessa | July 6, 2012 10:44 AMReply

    Kenneth Nkosi was also in 'Otelo Burning' playing Otelo's father. Good actor.

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