Release date31 May 2008 (2008-05-31) (Brooklyn International Film Festival)
10 October 2008 (2008-10-10) (United Kingdom) Story bySergei Sakin, Pavel Tetersky CastBen Barnes (Cobakka), Andrey Chadov, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Ovidiu Matesan, Cecilia Colby Similar moviesHome to Danger (1951), Flutter (2011), Twin Town (1997), The Ladykillers (1955), One Russian Summer (1973)
TaglineThe Russians' Guide to Ripping Off London
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Bigga than Ben is a 2008 British black comedy film written and directed by Suzie Halewood. The film is based on the 1999 Russian novel of the same name.
It was released on 10 October 2008 in the United Kingdom and 18 November 2008 in the United States. It stars Ben Barnes, Andrei Chadov, Ovidiu Matesan and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin.
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This dark comedy from the UK, is a tale of two selfish, wayward young Russian backpackers who come to London in an attempt to amass an easy fortune.
But it’s not too long before Spiker and Cobakka realize that legally, they aren’t going to get very far. So, aided by the dodgy Artash they learn to shoplift from supermarkets, rip off banks, joyride on the London Underground and turn mobile phones into crack cocaine.
Ben Barnes as Cobakka
Andrei Chadov as Spiker
Ovidiu Matesan as Artash
Hero Fiennes-Tiffin as Spartak
Bigga than Ben received generally favourable reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 60% of critics gave the film positive reviews.
Cosmo Landesman in The Sunday Times gave the film four stars and said the film was "Dark, funny, charming, fast, immoral, decadent and delightful. The best double act buddies since Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid."
London's Time Out said, "Makes Dirty Pretty Things look like a government advisory documentary... street-smart, non-PC and very funny" and also gave the film four stars.