Saturday, June 30, 2007

Clubland (2007)

***
Australia

An Aussie variation (with a seasoned Brit in the lead) on those dysfunctional family quirkfests that bag multimillion-dollar distribution deals at Sundance. Brenda Blethyn plays a failed stand-up comedian, who grows uncomfortably overprotective of her son when he starts getting laid. It's cloying and derivative, but fortunately watchable thanks entirely to an ensemble's worth of intelligent, natural performers (aside from one conspicuous exception).

dir: Cherie Nowlan
cast: Brenda Blethyn, Khan Chittenden, Emma Booth, Katie Wall, Frankie J. Holden, Emma Booth, Rebecca Gibney, Richard Wilson

2 Comments:

At 11:06 AM , Blogger Emma said...

Who was the exception?

 
At 6:45 AM , Blogger Y Kant Goran Rite said...

Richard Wilson - it was a difficult but well-enough written part, so I'm blaming him.

I'd rather not dwell on the bad performance though, since so many of the others were really quite lovely. I was especially impressed by Emma Booth and Katie Wall (with this and Noise, she's becoming my favourite Australian actress this year).

 

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