The Out-Laws DVD review

★★★½

DVD release: Monday, 19 September
Rating: 15
Episodes: 10

If you missed it on More4 as part of the network’s excellent range of foreign-language series, now there’s a chance to catch up with The Out-Laws on DVD.

They do dark chocolate quite well in Belgium and it seems dark crime comedies are also a skill. The Out-Laws is a delicious tale of five sisters who can’t stand the vile husband of one of their number, the slightly dippy Goedele, whose other half is obnoxious Jean-Claude.

Whether he’s making insulting jokes about one of the sister’s infertility, showing the price label on a present he’s bought or making racist slurs, Jean-Claude is toxic.

The trouble is, no matter how much Eva, Veerle, Birgit and Bekka try to get Goedele to dump him, she won’t have it. So, the remaining four in-laws decide to become out-laws and kill the bastard.

However, Jean-Claude seems to have more lives than a cat.

The Out-Laws is full of malicious humour and has been praised mightily everywhere from Mumsnet to The Guardian. It’s also told in a delightfully offbeat format with the action switching from the present to the past, and back again.

Inevitably, the Americans are now making a US version. But don’t miss the original.

The Out-Laws

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