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It's the end of the line for the Trailer Park Boys

We sit down for a farewell interview with Ricky, Julian and Bubbles.


After almost a decade in front of cameras documenting their every boneheaded and reckless move, the Trailer Park Boys, Ricky, Julian and Bubbles, seem pretty comfortable holding court in a downtown hotel suite. With a bare-bones short, One Last Shot, a decade ago appearing at the 1999 edition of the Atlantic Film Festival and after seven seasons of their television series, two specials and two feature films--the latest, Countdown to Liquor Dayfor the misbegotten trio.

"We get better treatment in jail," Julian (alter-ego John Paul Tremblay) reports ruefully. And "that idiot Clattenburg"-- that's Mike Clattenburg, the behind-the-scenes director and series mastermind--"that follows us around gives us more food to eat while he's filming us," relates Ricky (Robb Wells) though he laments that "when you go to the grocery store or church or something, people ask to sell you dope."

Countdown to Liquor Day has the boys being released from jail after a two-year stint to find Trailer Park supervisor Jim Lahey lording over a brand-new trailer court adjacent to the now-neglected Sunnyvale. Lahey is forced to confront Julian when a necessary sewage line for the new park runs under Julian's property, which, naturally, drives Lahey back to drink and Julian's legit business operations to descend into chaos as Lahey wreaks havoc.

Trailer Park Boys has become a certified mainstream phenomenon in this country, revelling in the unglamourous and unmentionable happenings of a tatty Nova Scotia trailer park. However, don't think for a second that the show is a dour sociological study of the lifestyles of the fringes of society: the appeal of the Boys has always been the way the conventions of polite society never seem to be much use to them.

Witness the best scene in Countdown to Liquor Day: Ricky and Julian separately face the parole board and make their case for release. While Julian lays out his meticulous plans for an auto-body shop based out of his old converted trailer, Ricky is bluntly honest about the fact that he will continue to sell dope outside of prison, which can't afford the expense of keeping him locked up for a minor infraction anyways.

Ricky's honesty and gift for bullshitting himself out of scrapes has always been emblematic of the ways in which certain elements of the Boys' lives are enviable. Bubbles (AKA Mike Smith) explains, "A lot of people what to tell their boss to go fuck yourself, but if you want to be more like Ricky, it's not hard."

Ricky cuts in: "You just have to go do your hair up right and buy the right clothes," referring to his iconic pompadour of hair and uniform of track pants and polyester tops.

"I didn't know people were envious of me," Ricky explains, “but I think that if people were more honest, they would be a lot happier. I'm pretty happy."

When asked if the Boys see their own influence in other comedy shows in Canada, Bubbles claims he can see it in a show like Little Mosque on the Prairie, what with all the dope-smoking and gunfights. "Mind you," he says, "I haven't seen it." Bubbles says that while the Boys may have recognized the hallmarks of their show, they haven't dwelled on its legacy. With Countdown to Liquor Day being the very last filmed adventure of the Boys, those of us who have watched them from the outside looking in are the one who will have to figure out what elements of their lives we will carry forward with us into the future.

Countdown to Liquor Day opens nationally, September 20.

Related Film

Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day

Director: Mike Clattenburg

Writer: Mike Clattenburg and Robb Wells

Producer: Alliance

Cast: Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth, Jonathan Torrens, Patrick Roach, Lucy Decoutere, Sarah Dunsworth, Barrie Dunn and Tyrone Parsons


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