Yeah, I think Shane is just mad on wigs and dressing up for comedy effect.
Yeah, that, but I also recall from old interviews that Shane discovered early on that it helped to create a character. As everyone involved were not actually actors, the whole dressing up thing helped people to feel different, and therefore act differently to their normal selves... leading to acting! Worked well!
One of my favourite lines in the whole film, look at Shane wanting not to break his bollox laughing throughout that whole scene.
I actually had a rewatch of this a few nights ago, its actually a bit like A Room For Romeo Brass (although Brass is a way better film), more viewings you soon see why its held in such high esteem by us Meadow die hards even though its got some dodgy acting and wigs. That's why it's such a shame that Shane never got the rights back and did that 90 minute cut and other special features for a DVD. Fingers crossed one day he can cause the BFI DVD is basically a vanilla disc aside from Where's the Money Ronnie? and set me back 25 euro.
It's not vintage Meadow's (I think some of the acting is a little so-so to be expected for this budget, the film sometimes lull's in places). Shane is the best thing acting wise in the film (although when it comes to the domestic violence parts towards the girlfriend, he doesn't come across threatening enough for me) although he does get the pain in the ass user scumbag friend down to a tee, the scene when he crashes the dinner party is one of the best scenes Shane's ever done.
I thought two other great performances came from the two female leads, especially the one who played Jumbo's girlfriend. It's got a perfect soundtrack from the late great Gavin Clarke and some great little scene's (the family on the trip to the beach, Jumbo and the gang at the party and at the café, the dinner party Jumbo crashes and scene when they rob the dog food).
Not classic by any means, I still put it above Once upon a time in the Midlands and Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee as I can rewatch it more then those two films.