Danny Deckchair (2003)
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. Landing in the small town of Clarence, he meets and falls in love with parking cop Glenda (Miranda Otto). … More
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Critic Reviews for Danny Deckchair
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.
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.
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.
Such sentiments are fine, of course, but they're not the ingredients of groundbreaking filmmaking. We've been over this territory ad nauseum.
The charm of it all wins us over, and while we watch the tired old twists and turns, we smile anyway.
[Jeff Balsmeyer's] playing it safe causes this beautiful opportunity of a film to crash just when it seems destined for the stratosphere.
In a sane world, this utterly charming, sweet little fantasy of a movie would boost Rhys Ifans to stardom.
One randomly recruited audience member directly behind me -- let's call him the Shouter -- exclaimed, 'That's tight!'
Too predictable to sustain interest.
Takes a good premise -- one that's based on real-life events -- and turns it into a tired and overly familiar sitcom.
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.
Nothing more than the same rom-com clichés you've seen a thousand times.
Unlike its main character, it never quite achives lift-off, but it is a pleasant little diversion with some very sweet moments.
Nicely shot, quaintly romantic, it is tuned to the Australian taste in matey malarkey.
Like Danny, the movie seems up for anything, and that relaxed joie de vivre charms in the movie's second half.
Climbs to a magical high halfway through, then spends the rest of its time in an easy chair.
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.More
Pretty good Aussie yarn of Danny dropping into a small town and turning everything upside down.More
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