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Danny Deckchair (2003)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 11

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Jeff Balsmeyer makes his writing and directing debut with the Australian romantic comedy Danny Deckchair. Rhys Ifans plays Danny Morgan, a building tradesman living in the Sydney suburbs with his upwardly mobile real-estate agent girlfriend, Trudy (Justine Clarke). When she chooses to postpone their vacation together in order to show a house to TV personality Sandy Upman (Rhys Muldoon), Danny takes matters into his own hands by fastening helium balloons to a chair and sailing over the city.


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Jeff Balsmeyer

Dec 21, 2004

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Balsmeyer may remind you of the guy at the party who, after one too many shots, puts a lampshade on his head. It's funny for maybe a moment -- until you realize, to your horror, that he doesn't know when to stop.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The easygoing humor and uplifting messages -- that it's never too late to turn your life around -- are welcome, especially in the September movie doldrums.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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As for the charm factor, I can't think of any screen couple this year with more of such an elusive quality than Ms. Otto and Mr. Ifans.

September 9, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Such sentiments are fine, of course, but they're not the ingredients of groundbreaking filmmaking. We've been over this territory ad nauseum.

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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An entertaining flight of fancy.

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Pleasant little diversion with some sweet moments.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A pretty straightforward and competent little film.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

The charm of it all wins us over, and while we watch the tired old twists and turns, we smile anyway.

December 20, 2004 Full Review Source:

[Jeff Balsmeyer's] playing it safe causes this beautiful opportunity of a film to crash just when it seems destined for the stratosphere.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

In a sane world, this utterly charming, sweet little fantasy of a movie would boost Rhys Ifans to stardom.

October 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One randomly recruited audience member directly behind me -- let's call him the Shouter -- exclaimed, 'That's tight!'

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Too predictable to sustain interest.

September 23, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A sort of children's book for adults.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

This is a good one to catch and moves to a feel good ending.

September 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Takes a good premise -- one that's based on real-life events -- and turns it into a tired and overly familiar sitcom.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Delivers the uncomfortably condescending message that these eccentric salt-of-the-earth folks ... need this Sydney slacker to tell them how good-hearted they are.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Nothing more than the same rom-com clichés you've seen a thousand times.

September 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Unlike its main character, it never quite achives lift-off, but it is a pleasant little diversion with some very sweet moments.

September 5, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Nicely shot, quaintly romantic, it is tuned to the Australian taste in matey malarkey.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Like Danny, the movie seems up for anything, and that relaxed joie de vivre charms in the movie's second half.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Climbs to a magical high halfway through, then spends the rest of its time in an easy chair.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

It's pure romantic fantasy, almost too cute and naively innocent for its own good.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Danny Deckchair

I don't know why, but I always feel like I have to watch Rhys Ifans movies. I admit I was hoping the movie was going to be more about him in the air most of the time, but it wasn't too bad a film. A bit cheesy and whatnot, but it's a feel good movie.
August 5, 2010
Curtis Lilly

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Pretty good Aussie yarn of Danny dropping into a small town and turning everything upside down.
June 4, 2007

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December 19, 2007
Leo L

Super Reviewer

Very orginal & interesting film - funny too!
August 19, 2007

Super Reviewer

    1. Trudy Dunphy: What happened to you up there?
    2. Danny Morgan: Everything.
    – Submitted by Frances H (16 months ago)
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