Bill Hader, Russell Brand and Fred Armisen’s Don’ You Go Rounin Roun To Re Ro should have been the bloody boss of all unintelligible UK crime films.
Layer Cake, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, and Snatch. All fine examples of the gritty English crime films buried in bullets and indecipherable cockney rhyming slang. This faux-trailer for the mythical low stakes gangster film, Don’ You Go Rounin Roun’ To Re Ro, does the impossible: It makes us fall in love with artsy British gangster movies all over again, even while making us feel a little ridiculous for carrying a torch for a genre that doesn’t give a crap if we understand a word it’s characters say.
And while we are feeling nostalgic for something that don’t exist, the sketch fondly brings to mind that golden period not long ago when Saturday Night Live was dominated by facile, do-anything talent like Trainwreck’s Bill Hader and Portlandia’s Fred Armisen. Man, we had no idea how good we had it.
But really, SNL’s “British Film”— with its film festival participation laurels and Peter Travers quasi accolades, America’s most blurbed critic— is the comedy clip equivalent of that guy at the party trying to convince you that Snatch was Brad Pitt’s all-time greatest movie. You figure the dude might be right, if you could only understand what the hell he was saying.