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Any Questions for Ben?

Any Questions for Ben? (2012)

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For 27-year-old Ben, life couldn't be better. A well paid job, friends, parties, girls and nothing to tie him down. But when he is invited back to his old school to join several other ex-students including Alex and Jim in talking about their personal achievements, something goes wrong. Ben is the only speaker not to be asked a question by the school kids. This triggers a year of soulsearching and looking for answers in all the wrong places. From his best friend Andy whose solution is that they

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (7)

The Working Dog writing group's collaboration feels so organic. This is searching, vulnerable, dramatic, comedy.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

It's a film made for the 1% who question their sweet life while sitting on a gold plated toilet.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

While the film does have its flaws story-wise, the killer dialogue with its uniquely Australian style of wit makes it a true joy to watch.

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Any Questions for Ben? is watchable enough. But it could have been so much more.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It's full of the kind of fake insights and sanctimonious crap to be found in magazine self-help columns. Pity, because that's a real fun killer.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

The problem with the film, apart from it being only sporadically funny, is the character of Ben himself, there's too little development and a lot of repetition. But there's a lot to enjoy here.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

The whole thing made me nostalgic for Working Dog's sharper days when they would surely have perpetrated all sorts of wickedness at Ben's expense.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comment (1)
Sydney Morning Herald

I sense that others who similarly fell hard for the soulful sincerity of The Castle and The Dish will feel a little quizzical about the comparative slickness of Any Questions for Ben?

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

The talented bunch of actors ably cut through the surface gloss, but it's tough to remain invested in the plight of the self-absorbed lead.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

It's a slick, lightweight feel-good film about a bunch of characters who happen to be sharing their glamorous, hard-partying lifestyle with you for a couple of hours.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

It's slight and rarely laugh out loud funny-pleasant and occasionally chucklesome is an apt way to describe its loose style-but in the end I found myself smiling along to the proceedings, so I guess that's a win.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

It's far from perfect, but it's damned funny.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

Although this third film from the Working Dog team is their weakest, Any Questions for Ben? is still a funny and insightful look into Gen X pressures in an increasingly fast paced world.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Even though Any Questions for Ben never really produces any unique answers to make it a revelatory rom-com, it has an easy, low-stakes charm, and is buoyed by its very talented cast of performers.

February 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

At last, an Australian film that's as sophisticated and slick as its cities, yet down to earth and in touch with our sardonic sense of humour.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The film is blessed with a sharp cast ready to tread the fine line between comedy and drama that works like glue to hold the film together

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

this graceless comedy has been made by middle-aged dags trying and failing to capture the mannerisms and lifestyles of people decades their junior.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Crikey

Audience Reviews for Any Questions for Ben?

Not much happening in the way of a story line. I couldn't really care less about any of these characters.
Ben has a nice life, a good job, good friends, and yet he's still unhappy with his lot. He has a few flings, but he can't commit. Until he does.
That's pretty much it.
June 25, 2013
romy861

Super Reviewer

Funny and slightly moving with a great script and lead performance. Full review later.
February 24, 2012
TomBowler
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