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We Can Be Heroes (The Nominees) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Chris Lilley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DKOFHA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,104 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All six episodes of the mockumentary comedy series created and performed by Australian comedian Chris Lilley, which takes a satirical look at the search for the 'Australian of the Year'. The five contenders for the title are all played by Lilley: Phil, a policeman turned rescue hero who becomes a motivational speaker after saving nine children from a runaway jumping castle; Ricky, a Chinese physics genius and aspiring actor who plays the lead in a musical about Aborigines; Ja'mie, a self-promoting private schoolgirl who shows off by sponsoring 85 Sudanese refugees; and Daniel and Nathan, twin farm boys embarking on the world's first eardrum transplant.

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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.

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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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I'm a big fan of Chris Lilley and loved We Can Be Heroes. While not quite as good as his more recent shows Summer Heights High or Angry Boys, this is still very funny and the characters are hilarious and varied. The show follows the stories of five people who have been nominated for the Australian of the Year award, and can be genuinely emotional at times along with generous doses of humour.

Thoroughly recommended for fans of Chris Lilley or just comedy fans in general.
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Ok, can we stop comparing Chris Lilley with Ricky Gervaise? Chris Lilley has, literally, been more people in one episode of his mockumentaries than Rick Gervaise has played in his entire career. (Although that is not difficult as RG has milked his one character to death throughout his TV/Film career)

Chris Lilley has that wonderful talent to make you laugh and cry at exactly the same time for the same reasons. A prime example being the bit where the twin who can hear, shouts to his deaf brother as he walks away. "If you turn round now, I'll give you a thousand bucks!" One line that has so much emotion, humour and sadness. "We could be Heroes" and "Summer Heights High" (Lilley's other work) are festooned with such sharp, wonderful writing and observed life.

His comedy is sharp, black and heart-breakingly funny.

But hey! Remember that silly dance that the guy from 'The Office' did that made you cringe? No, me neither.
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This is by the same creator and star as Summer Heights High - Entire Series [2-DVD Set] and shares one character with it - the awful schoolgirl who is an exchange visit student in SHH. We see another character who reminds me of a troubled schoolboy in SHH, but this time the setting is much more diverse.

A number of potential Australian Hero award winners get their chance to explain why they ought to be the winner, and you get to see them in their own home environments. I won't give anything away, because that is the magic of this series. You get to see the characters through their own eyes, whilst you get to see what you feel about them as they talk utter nonsense much of the time.

But the real wonder is that Chris Lilley plays all of these potential national heroes, and manages to bring more diversity from each part than you would find in all of Ricky Gervais' characters in all of him films and programmes. In short, Lilley is a multi-character genius on a scale not seen since Alec Guiness in Kind Hearts and Coronets - Digitally Restored (80 Years of Ealing) [Blu-ray] [1949] or Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb [Blu-ray] [2010][Region Free].

You'll find yourself wanting to see Lilley's other programmes after this, although I haven't had the chance to see Angry Boys [DVD] yet - it has only just arrived.
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From the creator of Summer Heights High (also highly recommended) comes We Can Be Heroes. Chris Lilley plays all the characters, and what brilliant characters they are. If you know Australia well, you might cringe - for instance, the kids from the South Australian town of Dunt - but all of them are loveable, warts and all. Very funny, and in the same excellent vein as The Games.
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