Because of the presence of Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (aka "The Big Dirty") does not fit in with the series. Too many cooks? Perhaps, but this is not as pure a vision as the series itself.
This film is out of continuity with the series. Without spoilers I will just say that several events of this movie are never referred to in the series. Trinity is played by a different actress (Lydia Lawson-Baird) and her character is slightly different in tone as well. Remember those movie previews where the Boys are auditioning actors to play themselves? It's best to think of this movie in that context: It's the Boys playing themselves in a movie based on themselves.
Ricky and Julian are in jail (again) and are about to be released. No fair, cries Ricky, who wants to play in the jail hockey tournament against the prison guards, led by Donny. Ricky goes home to find that things have changed. Lucy's got a new job ("an awesome new job," according to Sarah -- "She's workin at Horton's again?" asks Ricky,) at a "gentlemen's club" owned by Sonny (Hugh Dillon). Julian, in the meantime, has an idea to get rich "without getting caught": Do small crimes, steal change!
Ricky, on the other hand, has met "a lot of really smart people in jail," and they all say "the big dirty" is the way to go: One big crime, and you're retired. Their ideas are combined and the plan is set in motion. Will Ricky still be able to play in the tournament?
New characters include the afformentioned Sonny played by Hugh Dillon (ex-The Headstones), Donny as played by the hilarious Gerry Dee, and look for cameos by Alex Lifeson (Rush) and Gordon Downie (The Tragically Hip). The soundtrack also kicks butt, with lots of Hip.
I really enjoyed this movie even though it's not quite pure Trailer Park Boys. It sort of attempts to recapture what worked in the early seasons (you can tell by casting Trinity as a younger girl) and by and large, it works. Sonny works as a replacement for Cyrus, and all your favourite regulars such as Philadelphia Collins and Officer George Green are here. Lahey is suitably drunk, and Randy as shirtless as ever.
This actually works pretty well as a way for newcomers to get into the show. It distills what worked best in the earlier years into a two-hour package that stays funny and doesn't wear out its welcome. Bonus features include the music video for "I Fought The Law" and lots of alternate takes.
Five stars. Two smokes, let's go.