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We Can Be Heroes [DVD][2005]

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  • Actors: Chris Lilley, Jennifer Byrne, Maria Angelico, Ferdinand Hoang, Tracey Mathers
  • Format: PAL, Import, Anamorphic, HiFi Sound, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Roadshow
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CIXIAE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,927 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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We Can Be Heroes is the predecessor to Chris Lilley's hilarious mockumentary creation Summer Heights High. Once again Lilley stars as the five main characters, all nominees for the Australian Of The Year award, in a mockumentary format which flits between nominees as they await the ceremony. Daniel Sims is a 17-year old aspiring beat-boxing farmer who is about to undergo pioneering surgery to donate an ear-drum to his deaf twin brother Nathan... much to Nathan's disinterest. Phil Olivetti is an ex-police officer whose accidental bravery in a fly-away bouncy castle incident and subsequent fleeting fame, has given him delusions of grandeur (not helped by his 'impressive' hand-span). Middle-aged housewife Pat Mullins has found a novel way of overcoming her physical disability (she has one leg shorter than the other), 'rolling'. Imbued with a new purpose and support from her loving husband Terry, Pat plans to roll all the way from Perth to Uluru. Chinese physics student Ricky Wong has been nominated for his work in solar energy, although it soon becomes clear that his heart really lies in performing arts - in particular to his Chinese Theatre Group's production of 'Indigeridoo' a musical about Aborigine history. Fans of Summer Heights High will recognise Ja'mie King, a self-promoting private school girl. Nominated for her contribution to 'Global Vision', Ja'mie sponsors 85 Sudanese children (depending on how often they write to thank her) and takes part in a weekly '40 Hour Famine' for charity and to stay 'hot'.

What makes We Can Be Heroes stand out from the comedy crowd is Lilley's flawless talent for character-acting and mimicry. With relatively minimal costume/make-up, the show doesn't go to great lengths to disguise the fact that a grown man is playing a schoolgirl therefore each characters' believability is a marvel in itself. Subtle, innovative, surprisingly poignant and downright hilarious, it's no wonder that the show's cult following is steadily growing. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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"We Can Be Heroes" is a comedy documentary written by Cris Lilley, which follows 5 people who have all been nominated "Australian of the Year" - all played by Lilley. The concept is similar to Ricky Gervais's "The Office" - in that all the characters are very natural - there are no punch-lines as such, the humour lies in the accuracy of the cast's portrayal of every-day foibles. Also like "The Office" the humour is set very much in the context of a whole drama - the characters develop through the series, and there are many genuinely moving moments.
That said - this is no Gervais rip-off. Chris Lilley is a very original genius - an outstandingly talented comic actor, with a great ear for dialogue and a fantasticly quirky and inventive sense of humour. The pathos is pitched absolutely perfectly - the characters are all a little flawed in their curious ways, but they're all very human, and you end up genuinly caring about them.
Over-all - I can't praise this highly enough. I'm not easily won over, but "We Can Be Heroes" is something very special. My highest recommendation.
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I looked for this following Summer heights High that was shown on the BBC. Ordered it from Australia before it was out in the UK and was not dissapointed. Absolutely terrific! The careful observation of the characters and the toungue in cheak dark dark comedy in this is wonderful. Think little Britain, done more intelligently. Just superb, and in my top ten ever comedy DVD collection. Truely a must see...
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If you like Chris Lilly (summer heights high) you are going to love this too. If you haven't heard of Chris Lilly before then the humour is similar to the style of Ricky Gervais (the office) or Borat! Outrageously funny and you get to love / hate the characters as you follow them through the audition process of Autralian of the Year. Chris Lilly is able to portrait the characters superbly and you can see people you know in each of them (teenage sons, spoilt rich diva teenage daughter, middle aged disabled lady, chinese genious interested in musical theatre, and ex police officer with a huge ego and very annoying personality!).
This DVD came before Summer Heights High, if I were you I would buy both (I did!).
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Absolutely brilliant. Excellent story line, original plot and Lilley should be really proud of his work. He is supremely talented, has written, directed and acted in such a brilliant comedy. Refreshing that something like this exists, amongst the brainless `comedy' of Little Britain and Catherine Tate we see in the UK these days. Very similar to The Office in the sense that, despite laughing at how much of a tit Brent is, we seem to get emotionally attached to them. There is a wonderful storyline with fantastic humour inter-twined, rather than (as we see all too often these days) the plot coming as a vague afterthought after the jokes have been made. We laugh at each of the unique characters more than the words they say, and that is a testament to how well Lilley has constructed such credible personalities. The only thing that rivals The Office (the original and best one) as my favourite comedy.
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After watching the outstanding Summer Heights High I was intrigued to find out whether We Can Be Heroes could ever be as good. As it was created before SHH and only contained one character from it I did wonder if it could live up to my high expectations. I was not disappointed!
This series is a triumph and a real insight into the human psyche. A fantastic piece of work that stands on a par beside SHH without being overshadowed by it.
There are over 2 hours of extras that are just as entertaining and hilarious as the show itself.
Chris Lilley is a genius and everything he touches seems to turn to gold. Each character is completely believeable and utterly funny!
The dvd got to me very fast even before the date I it had said!
If you have not seen Summer Heights High then this is a great place to start and if you have, well you will love it.
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I bought this on the strength of the Summer Heights High series, and was delighted to see Ja'ime in her pre-exchange student days.

I'd say it's better than Summer Heights High , for the sheer range of characters Lilley has created, and plays (you can't help but love Pat Mullins) but both are genius creations.

I look forward to the next Chris Lilley creation...buy this DVD.

"Nathaaaaaaaaaan!"
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I can't recommend this enough, Chris Lilley is a comic genious!

Lilley plays 6 original (and very true-to-life) characters in this 'mockumentary' from Pat - a pioneer in the sport of rolling, to Ricky - a young Chinese physics genious who just wants to act, as well as Ja'mie - a 16-year-old-private-school-girl whose character is carried on in the 'Summer Heights High' series (another DVD to go in the shopping basket while you're at it).

I want to strongly advise everyone to buy this product, just give it a try; its a very reasonablt price and the worst that can happen is you don't find it particularly funny - however I garantee that won't happen! So, go on buy it and show your support to Australian comedy.
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I am from the UK, and came across Angry Boys first, and ended up working my way backwards to Summer Heights High and then to We Can Be Heroes. Instantly, Chris Lilley's rather satirical works are up at my top favourite comedy series (from the UK: Alan Partridge, Peep Show, Black Books, Spaced, etc) which I could watch again and again.. especially when chilling with my friends with some smokes.

Chris Lilley is a pure genius; he plays all of the main characters in his works. Despite this, you always end up seeing them as entirely different people with different mannerisms, facial expressions, and very believable 3d personalities. Even Daniel and Nathan, who are supposed to be identical twins, are very noticeably different. Chris Lilley's ability to pay attention to details in his acting, and portrayal of his characters, is amazing.

I feel the need to seek out some more comedy series and mockumentaries from Australia, but I fear that the bar has been set and I might be disappointed!
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