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Australia 2000
Directed by
Shirley Barrett

2.5 stars

Walk The Talk

This Australian comedy is not bad, and is sometimes funny but mostly it's squirm-value. Whether this is intended or not is hard to tell, particularly as producer Jan Chapman and director Barrett made the drolly offbeat comedy Love Serenade(1996), which went out of its way with dead-pan black humour, This is more conventionally comedic. It's got Muriel's Wedding-style kitsch written all-over it and pot-shots away furiously at suburban Leagues Clubs and self-help wannabes. Yet unfortunately a good deal of it seems unintended as writer/director Barrett tries too hard for laughs when the material is just not funny or over-familiar. Salvatore Coco is quite good as the indefatigable Joey Grasso, a cross between Boadway Danny Rose and Rupert Pupkin (Scorsese's King of Comedy), and Carter Edwards is a small gem as the Tom Jones-style entertainer, but overall the production lacks spark across all departments and fails to ignite.BH




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