The Sum of Us (1995)




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Three years before he became a household name in Hollywood with 1997's L.A. Confidential, Russell Crowe starred in this Australian drama, the directorial debuts of Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling. Crowe plays Jeff Mitchell, a young gay man and the son of widower Harry Mitchell (Jack Thompson). The two live together while they both search for a special someone with whom to spend their lives. And while Harry is more than comfortable with Jeff's sexuality, his new lady friend isn't, leading to … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Stevens
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On DVD: Jun 3, 2003
Hallmark Entertainment



as Harry Mitchell

as Jeff Mitchell

as Joyce Johnson

as Young Jeff

as Barmaid

as Greg's Father

as George

as Leather Man

as Woman on Train

as Gardener
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Critic Reviews for The Sum of Us

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The Sum of Us


In 1994, I would imagine the idea of father and son, straight and gay, accepting each other without question would have been more groundbreaking. Hopefully in the 20 years since, this would not be such an unusual story.

Red Lats

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Beautifully acted by two fine actors with a refreshing attitude to a modern father-son relationship.

jay nixon

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[font=Century Gothic]In "The Sum of Us," Jeff(Russell Crowe), a 24-year old plumber who lives at home with his dad, Harry(Jack Thompson), is attracted to Greg(John Polson), a gardener he has talked with at the pub a few times. Jeff feels that this is the big night and Harry promises to stay out of the way.(Despite their friendship, the two men do have a tendency to drive each other crazy as housemates.) Harry, a widower, is also planning on getting back into the dating scene as he contacts a dating service and arranges a date with Joyce(Deborah Kennedy), a middle-aged divorcee.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Sum of Us" is about how playing a gay character in a movie may not necessarily be detrimental to an actor's career. Its positive stance on openmindedness sometimes threatens to push the movie over the line into public service announcement territory but it avoids that fate by having a good eye for characterization. Also, its message about acceptance is broad enough to include living at home with parents and working class occupations. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with working with your hands. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The central theme of the movie is love and how it is passed down from generation to generation. Some people may be freaked out by Harry's behavior but in an ideal world, that is how fathers should act. But to be honest, I have no problems with the cordially laconic relationship I have with my father.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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