The characters were people i dealt with every shift when on patrol. As I stated in the headline; if you were there it is very, very funny, if not then you will most likely think it is some sort of racist homophobic sexist slapstick debacle as it has no social justice warriors, helicopter parents, safe spaces or diversity so it could not possibly be real. The Comedy captures the innocence of an era of careless parenting, constant sunburn and suggestive adult behavior From director, Stephan Elliott, who brought you The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, with an all-star Australian cast including Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce. I laughed my head off. Wonderful fun, yet heartbreakly desperate teenage characters ground what could have been just a fluff piece. Hope to see a great deal more featuring Atticus Robb. Mr Thompson's character just didn't go anywhere or vary.
A shout out to the editors on that front, they deserve it big time. Enjoy this for what it is. That language is truly funny and endearing and would have lightened the film. I could go on but. If you like camp, daft as a brush comedies its a must.
If you grew up in a seaside community in the 70s its a must. Having just seen Deadpool 2, which is such a letdown after the first one, I cannot understand how this is getting such bad reviews. Nope that didn't work either. But if you're a fan of animal cruelty, bratty kids, irresponsible parents, underdeveloped characters, unfocused storylines and over-the-top stereotypes, this is the film for you. None of these otherwise acceptable plot lines went anywhere. Didn't care what happened to them. But I could have forgiven that if this movie had any sense of purpose.
Hell we even had the same pool. They play awkward teenage mates Jeff and Melly, pushed together by their no-boundaries parents. I grew up in this era and expected to be entertained. Kylie Minogue and Jack Thompson's characters in particular were strangulated by the lack of thought given to them in the script. Meanwhile, their eccentric parents are catching up with the sexual revolution that has also washed up on Australia's beaches.
The child actors were excellent. I expect much more from Aussie movies. Being a teenager in the 1970s it brought back so many memories. While non linear story arcs are fantastic this one wasn't executed well and cut back and forth so many times whatever the story line is meant to be is not evident. I'm all the better for it and it was a better Australia than the nanny state we live in now, take a ride down memory lane and relive the golden years of Oz. Making politically incorrect and homophobic jokes just isn't particularly clever or funny any more.
Behind closed doors, the Mums and Dads of this quiet suburban cul-de-sac celebrate in their own special way, by joining the sexual revolution. Any naysayers clearly were not brought up in this era. The two main kids are very sweet, but their storyline has no climax - do they actually go to Melbourne? Its not trying to be a masterpiece. The teenage girl is written off as he street 'bike' and the other children engage in bratty behaviour with a side of animal cruelty. Genres: Comedy, Drama Release Date: 18 January 2018 Australia Shooting Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Truly if you want to see a funny, over-the-top, cleverly irreverent film - this isn't it.
Just to mention a few: Cracker fights. The nostalgia of costuming and food,toys and living of the times were spot, not all the music fitted the era. Several minutes of voice over and fast cutting I found overwhelming at the start. As much as this movie looked like a solid offering filled with laughs and an all star cast it ultimately ends up a complete mess of story lines and underdeveloped characters. In the cinema I was in not a single person laughed at any point in this film. Its bright, colourful and laugh out loud funny. The behaviour of he parents is a mystery - for a while they're all friends and up for kinky fun, then after a key party they're all enemies for no apparent reason.
What a waste of precious grant money that could have gone to a better movie. In its full swing - and boy does it swing - it delivers on every frame, in every word, set, memorabilia and costume, but personally to me it delivered the most when I noted that I was being challenged by Swinging Safari and realised I was not watching the same old, same old set up. Masterfully balanced with coherently and cohesive snapshots of a plethora of well-developed and superbly acted characters intermingling and intertwining on what seems to be a multi faceted camera being everywhere in that cul-de-sac at the same time, it's just sheer brilliance. The parents are all hideous people except maybe Jeremy Sims' character but again there's no real purpose or explanation to any of their motivations. Yes it's enjoyable and there are plenty of cheap laughs plus a few shocking moments. Guy Pearce is always great but overall the cast's characters were not developed enough. This is a brilliant film and every time I watch it I see something new.
I was genuinely excited to see Julian McMahon in an Australian movie and really thought this would be an absolute treat but it just failed miserably. And gord did those cliches really exist. Melly dreams of escape while sympathising with the beached whale that momentarily becomes a tourist attraction before it begins to rot. Maybe this should have been marketed as a mystery because I was honestly trying to figure out how so many good actors got roped into this. It was written and directed by , most famous for his work on the film , released in 1994. I wanted to walk out on it in the first 5mins but stuck in there at least for a while till I did.
They kinda were absurd but the execution was where the word silly and stupid came in. It talked to me on the many creative possibilities that still can be found on this medium by breaking the stale conservative mould story-telling. There isn't really a story and what there is, it's just not interesting - the half-baked key-swapping of the parents, the kid with the camera, the miserable girl, the beached whale - it was all meant to add up to something more than what was delivered. Yes, I did expect a certain vulgarity to be present but some aspects of the narrative I just found just silly and at times plain stupid. I can't, for the life of me, even speculate why Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue etc agreed to be involved with this steaming pile of utter nonsense. Pearce and co in drag mode were just as fond of on-the-nose humour that flew in the face of good manners.