29 January 2004 | Eliks
It's not a good bad-movie, it's not even bad good bad-movie, it's simply BAD.
Ok, as for the Polish cinema, it has to be stated once and for all: out of 10 Polish movies, 1 is a Masterpiece, the others are cheese. And I'm afraid this one is not an exception. Frankly speaking, it's one of the worst movies I've ever seen. First of all, it makes no sense - not that I have anything against nonsense or 'what-is-going-on' movies, but Girl Guide simply lacks the sense where it was supposed to be. Somehow it cannot focus, neither on the relationship of Jozef with that girl (I can't even remember the name of Ms. Gabrielska's character), nor on the criminal plot of Gary's kidnapping. It tries to balance between love and action, but eventually fails to develop neither of them properly. Additionally, there are those confusing 'jumps' from one place to another - why had Jozef, totally out of the blue, gone to his childhood home in the mountains, and why did he meet rastafarians on a jam session with local highlanders there, I will never understand. Second thing, perhaps the worst, is the acting. Pawel Kukiz is great as always - he's not a professional actor (actually he's a folk/rock singer), but at the same time he's the only one who saves the day in this movie. Renata Gabrielska, unfortunately, have no talent at all, and makes a laughing stock of herself all throughout. The fact that she has become a celebrity after this movie tells a lot about the level of the Polish audience. The rest of the cast - don't even bother, except for the blind pianist of course.
This movie was made by Juliusz Machulski, a distinguished director and TV producer, most famous for his hilarious comedies like "Seksmisja" or "Kiler". I don't know what this one was supposed to be, but it's outstandingly not amusing, not entertaining, simply not at all. It's not a good bad-movie, it's not even bad good bad-movie, it's simply BAD.