If you’ve never seen The Trailer Park Boys, you may be missing out on the single funniest thing to come out of Canada. Starring Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, and Mike Smith, the series is a documentary style show about the residents of a trailer park in Nova Scotia, Canada, and their redneck doings. The three main characters, Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles (portrayed by Wells, Tremblay, and Smith) always have a scheme to make money, and it often involves minor crimes that work out in hilarious ways. Trying to stop them at all times is Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth), the trailer park supervisor/drunken loon that was kicked off the police force trying to stop the hijinks of the trio.
The series started as a single special, filmed in black and white, by director Mike Clattenburg. After the success of that special, the show was picked up as a series in Canada, where it played for 7 seasons, along with a few specials, and eventually, two feature films. The second film, Countdown to Liquor Day is one of the zaniest, funniest movies from the past 10 years, and the series is not required to enjoy the movies, but with the knowledge of the series, the movie is just that much funnier. The series is now on Netflix, and has been playing in syndication on various US networks the past few years, and has gained a strong cult following. Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay have made various appearances in other films and TV shows in the years since the Trailer Park Boys ended (including Hobo With a Shotgun, filmed by Nova Scotia resident Jason Eisner and Wells is also in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day) but other than that, they haven’t done a lot except their largely unseen Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour, which I could never get into.
Well, lucky for me, the trio has signed on for a third film, to be helmed by Mike Clattenburg, which is supposed to start production in March 2013. Producer Barrie Dunn had a few words on the upcoming film:
“We are all extremely pleased to be working together again on another Trailer Park Boys film, although it’s been four years since our last film, Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are as popular as ever, even expanding internationally, and we’re delighted to bring them back to the big screen.”
Count me excited, because while the ending to the final movie (which served as an ending to the series as well) was about as perfect as they could make it, I will never get sick of seeing Julian, Ricky, and Bubbles in action.