Mad Buddies

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Mad Buddies (Touchstone Movie)

“Mad Buddies” is a South African comedy film released in 2012. It was directed by Gray Hofmeyr and stars Leon Schuster and Kenneth Nkosi in the lead roles. The film follows the misadventures of two rival game rangers, Boetie (Leon Schuster) and Beast (Kenneth Nkosi), who are forced to work together on a cross-country journey to deliver a lion to a special game reserve.

Boetie and Beast are known for their comedic antics and have a long-standing rivalry. However, they are unexpectedly paired up by their boss to embark on a road trip across South Africa, transporting a lion in a cage to a new wildlife reserve. Along the way, they encounter a series of hilarious and chaotic situations that test their patience and put their friendship to the ultimate test.

Throughout their journey, the duo faces various challenges, including run-ins with dangerous wildlife, quirky locals, and comically absurd situations. Their contrasting personalities and comedic chemistry make for a delightful and entertaining watch.

“Mad Buddies” is known for its slapstick humor, witty one-liners, and humorous social commentary. The film also showcases the beautiful landscapes and diverse cultures of South Africa, making it a celebration of the country’s natural beauty and people.

The movie was well-received in South Africa and became one of the highest-grossing films in the country at the time of its release. It was praised for its light-hearted and fun approach to comedy, as well as the performances of the lead actors, who brought their unique comedic styles to the characters.

While “Mad Buddies” might not be widely known outside of South Africa, it remains a beloved comedy film within the country and a favorite among fans of Leon Schuster’s work. It continues to be celebrated for its humor, heart, and celebration of South African culture.

Mad Buddies

Additional Details


  • Leon Schuster: Boetie
  • Kenneth Nkosi: Beast
  • Tanit Phoenix: Kelsey
  • Alfred Ntombela: Minister Nda
  • Trevor Noah: Bookie


  • Director: Gray Hofmeyr
  • Producers: Helena Spring
  • Writer: Leon Schuster and Gray Hofmeyr

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