Yes, Det Er Far (1986)

Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - Denmark  |  
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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

The polite Walter (Ole Stephensen) and his loud friend (in both personality and fashion) Carlo (Jarl Friis-Mikkelsen) first appeared together in Walter & Carlo: Op På Fars Hat (1985), an alarmingly popular piece of old-fashioned low comedy. Few critics clamored for a sequel -- Walter and Carlo were no Olsen Gang -- but it came anyway. This time, however, the audience stayed away in droves, but that didn't deter the filmmakers, who issued a third film, Walter & Carlo i Amerika, which crash landed with an even larger thud in 1989. The story of Yes, Det Er Far was ostensibly about senior citizens forced by high taxation to smuggle cheap coffee on the ferries from Sweden, but in reality it was merely an excuse for Saturday Night Live-ish television personalities Ole Stephensen (a former reporter, believe it or not) and Jarl Friis-Mikkelsen to do their patented schtick. It seemed a good idea at the time -- so much so that the then Danish prime minister, Poul Schlüter, made a cameo appearance as himself.