- Actors: Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe, John Polson, Deborah Kennedy, Rebekah Eimaloglou
- Directors: Kevin Dowling, Geoff Burton
- Writers: David Stevens
- Producers: Hal McElroy
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: Unknown
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Stax Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 26 Jun. 2006
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000F3T8VE
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,934 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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How s a guy supposed to find Mr Right when his dad won t stop trying to help? This award winning film is the hilarious story of a widowed father, Harry Mitchell (Jack Thompson), who is looking for 'Miss Right' and his gay son Jeff (Russell Crowe) who s looking for Mr Right with whom he can share his life, have a beer, cuddle up to.Harry s keen interest in his son s sex / love life, his supportiveness and his openness to discussing it in front of other people is embarrassing Jeff beyond all hope. The young man that Jeff fancies is not accustomed to such candour. In fact, he is keeping his own homosexuality a secret from his judgemental father. In the meantime, Harry is looking for love himself, now that he s nearing retirement, which causes its own comedy and drama.
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It stars Russell Crowe in an early role for him (made in 1994), as a gay plumber and amateur Aussie rules football player. He lives at home with his Dad played beautifully by Jack Thompson. His Dad is the real force in this film, in that he is trying to find love and is desperate for his son to be happy with the right guy to. He reminded me of the dad from `The Castle'The Castle [DVD][Region 4], another great film, where the glass is always half full.
He goes to many extraordinary lengths to help his son, often misguided and sometimes funny. I don't want to give any plot away, just to say the path of true love never runs smooth, and they both have to deal with setbacks. This is ultimately a love story and one about a father and son. The simplicity of the story belies the complex emotions that cause bonds as strong as are portrayed here, and I really did enjoy every minute. They use that device where they talk to the camera for certain parts of the film, which was obviously done in the play too. This can be off putting but is used to good comic and strategic effect and adds to the whole viewing experience.
Good to see for a number of reasons, offbeat story, a young excellent performance from Mr. Crowe and a great Antipodean flick to boot.
In this film,the gay member of the family (played by Russell Crowe)is loved,supported and respected by his father. Jack Thompson is very convincing as the father,and the way that the principal characters directly address the viewer is amusing as well as effective. The light-hearted moments as well as the arguments show these two men to be in most respects,like any other "normal" family. A great quote early on in the film, by Jack Thompson,sums up their easy-going relationship: "He's a good honest lad,with a heart as big as Western Australia.He's as much a friend as he is a son."
Contrasted to a sub-plot involving another family and how they deal with their gay son. This is an often amusing and sometimes touching movie. Lovely Sydney scenery and a strong sense of place make this very much an Australian movie,but relevant for any viewer. Well cast,well photographed and with good production standards, I find it surprising that this film seems to be difficult to find on DVD. A gem.
A straight Father openly accepting his gay son and both enjoying their lives together.
Anyone who has just "come out", or has a brother or sister who has just "come out", should watch this film.
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As a polemic to conservative Australians it hammers the message home.Read more
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