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Introducing the Dwights (2007)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 42

Despite a predictable storyline, Introducing the Dwights succeeds on the strength of its sweet and earnest portrayal of family dysfunction.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 13

Despite a predictable storyline, Introducing the Dwights succeeds on the strength of its sweet and earnest portrayal of family dysfunction.



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An already-unstable household becomes a virtual battle zone when the son of a risquà (C) comedienne and a has-been singer finds mom meddling in his love life in director Cherie Nowlan's dysfunctional romantic comedy. Twenty-one-year-old Tim Dwight (Khan Chittenden) comes from a peculiar family; his mother, Jean (Brenda Blethyn), is a bawdy stage comic renowned for her scatological sense of humor and his father, John (Frankie J. Holden), is a faded country-music star who now works as a low-rent


Drama, Comedy


Keith Thompson

Feb 12, 2008


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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (42) | DVD (3)

Introducing the Dwights is funny and poignant, with a tour-de-force performance by British actress Brenda Blethyn.

September 1, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
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One of those quirky Australian comedies that's almost as charming and sharp as it thinks it is.

July 31, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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It's time we all met the Dwights.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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There's nothing lovely, however, about the movie's bombastic ending, but there are enough small moments until then to make this mixed-up experience vaguely worthwhile.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Sometimes Brenda Blethyn is content merely to nibble the scenery. In Introducing the Dwights, a drippy Australian family comedy caper, she chomps it to a pulp until we long for her straightforward monstrosity as a mother in Little Voice.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The broader characterizations may be off, but [director] Nowlan observes other small details with sensitive precision.

July 20, 2007
Miami Herald
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Uneven dysfunctional family dramedy for adults.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A movie that works beautifully when it's on point and feels sort of hollow when it's not.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Yes, Introducing the Dwights is a melodrama, but this melodrama handles its emotional manipulation with such subtle honesty that it takes on an impressive degree of realism.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

...does little more than disappoint its audience with annoying characters and stereotypical situations.

February 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

As lively as a slap in the face, this film struggles to connect with us due to an extremely unsympathetic central figure, but still wins us over with strong acting and a sweet romance.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It doesn't quite add up as a convincingly rounded drama, thanks largely to a tepid feelgood ending, but there are many good moments - and the expert acting from Blethyn alone is worth the price of a ticket.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

If you're making a film about a stand-up, it helps if she has at least one good gag in her routine.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper

Brenda Blethyn gets her teeth into the role of a flamboyant showbiz monster who can't accept that her career has failed to make the big time.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

This heartfelt, good-natured film grew on me, and Blethyn always commands attention.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

You can't help but mourn for the hint of an intriguing film that could have been.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Promising turns from Booth and Chittenden aren't enough to save a slight and sloppy Aussie soap from a poor script, messy direction and Blethyn's overbearing performance.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

It's Keith Thompson's script that struggles here, his sub-Little Voice histrionics leaving next to nothing for the cast to work with.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

In the hands of Mike Leigh, this could be a masterpiece, as it is, it's forgettable fun.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source:

A story slighter than the froth on top of a tube of Fosters.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Feels like a Sunday night TV drama - and not a very good one at that.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Enjoyable, emotionally engaging Australian drama with superb performances from Blethyn and an up-and-coming young cast.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Director Cherie Nowlan is far too intent on serving up searing pathos washed down, inevitably, with a tub of soaring affirmation.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

At times, it's a mawkish drama about a mother-son relationship that's uncomfortable to watch and too melodramatic to be believed. Then, it's a sprightly comedy about an innocent boy who hits the adolescent jackpot.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Short on credibility, characterization, humor and honesty.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Audience Reviews for Introducing the Dwights

I enjoyed this movie, perhaps because I identified a bit with Tim. There are a lot of insecure people in this movie. Tim's mom cannot stand to have someone take Tim away from her family. Tim is insecure about dealing with girls - even Jill doesn't know what to do with someone as shy as Tim. I enjoyed the actors - especially the mom who is a comedienne who borders on being funny. The part of Mark was a little confusing as there are times he seems quite delayed and others when there is little wrong with him.

By the way, this movie was called Clubland in Australia, but Introducing the Dwights in North America.
August 18, 2009

Super Reviewer

Introducing the Dwights is a good comedy starring the very delightful Brenda Blethyn. The Dwights are a family lead by the single and divorced mother (Blethyn). This family with two children live in Australia. This movie centers on a mother whom is a comedian and is noticing her son is getting old enough to have his attentions be on a young lady. The realization that he may not be all her own and live at home is something difficult for her to take. A good and funny movie.
December 6, 2008
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

Good film - Brenda Blethyn does a great job in this one. Even though her character is a bit of a nightmare, I really found her sympathetic as a woman who had given up a lot for her relationship, (now failed), with the father of her two sons, one of whom has a learning disability, and doing a crappy day job in a kitchen to pay the bills, while following her own dreams as an entertainer in the evenings. While this movie is mainly promoted as being about the romance between her awkward younger son and his new girlfriend (nicely acted by both), it is just as much the mother's story, and I think the new beginning for her son triggers her own anxiety about her age and how her own dreams are never likely to come true after all. I found this one to be very well acted and had a lot of truth in it while still being a comedy.
October 25, 2008

Super Reviewer

I love warner independant flicks...and due to JBit's influence...starting to fall in love with aussie film...but srsly kids it was alrie...nothing terribly special.
September 1, 2008

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