Comedy Rest for the Wicked showcases an all-star aged A-team of Kiwi actors — among them Ian Mune, John Bach, and Gloss boss Ilona Rodgers. Gravel-voiced Tony Barry (the man who uttered the immortal line "goodbye pork pie") stars as Murray, a retired detective going undercover in an upmarket rest-home. Frank hopes to catch his longtime nemesis (Bach). Instead he finds himself in the company of the randy, and the unexpectedly dead. The "sweet, rather knowing little movie" (Linda Burgess, Dominion Post) marks the feature debut of ad veteran Simon Pattison.
Rest for the wicked depends on the rapport between Murray (Tony Barry) and Frank (John Bach) and the choice of actors certainly pays off ... It's fantastic to see a movie about people in this age-group, who are usually disdained by television and movie makers, by advertisers, and yet who make up a significant proportion of movie-goers ... a sweet, rather knowing little movie.– Dominion-Post reviewer Linda Burgess, 26 November 2011