Tuesday, May 09, 2006


Movie of the week:

What? Never heard of this movie? Get out! That's because this movie never got wide release in this country (don't worry, it's from Australia - so it's in English). That's because it doesn't fit the Hollywood mold for this genre of movie. That's because the film maker had a mind of his own, and doesn't have to answer to Hollywood, on the other side of the world. That's because some people make the movies they want to make and the money works itself out (I heard that this director earned 10 quid and two cases of "beeah" - I think it was the beer that sealed the deal).

What is the genre for this movie? Is it a romantic comedy with a serious dramatic undertone? Is it a drama with a serious comedic overtone? Is it a romantic dramady. You decide.

At the risk of losing most potential viewers, here is a brief plot overview:
There is a private all-boys high school on a lake. On the other side of the lake is a private all-girls school . The main character meets a girl from the girl's school and attempts to carry on a courtship. This sounds soooooo close to fitting the Hollywood mold - but it doesn't. It doesn't have all the typical cliche's you would expect from a teenage comedy. It doesn't have
  • The ugly pretty girl: you know - the one that every body thinks she's ugly - but then at the end she lets her hair down and takes off her glasses, and she's gorgeous. That one! Not in this movie.
  • The "My Fair Lady" bet: The one where the jock makes a bet that he can take the nerdiest girl to the prom and make her into the most popular girl in school. Then he really likes her, but then she finds out about the bet, and she breaks up with him, but then he wins her back.
  • Drunken orgies: .................. damn!
  • The mean cheerleader posse
  • the super computer genius
  • Frat boys
  • The token black: ................oh, wait. It does.
  • The HOT foreign exchange student: ................ shoot! It has that too.
  • Aliens: Right! no aliens, I think.
This film will appeal to almost anybody, not just teenagers. It features some really great early career performances by Thandie Newton and Nicole Kidman. It's rated R because it has some sensuality in it (although not nearly as much as most teenage comedies your kids are watching).

Rent it this week and let me know if you liked it.



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