Charlie & Boots

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A man and his estranged father set out on a cross country fishing trip that helps them to reconnect while haling old family wounds in this affectionate comedy drama starring Paul Hogan. When Charlie's (Hogan) wife Grace dies of a stroke on their 45th wedding anniversary, the devastated widower grows consumed by grief. Though it's been years since Charlie has had any contact with his youngest son Boots (Shane Jacobson), a brief visit following Grace's funeral leaves Boots convinced that his ailing father is in desperate need of a good friend. Before long, Boots has convinced Charlie to go on a fishing trip. But the further the pair drives, the more obvious it becomes that Boots isn't just headed to their favorite fishing hole. When Charlie learns that Boots plans on taking them 3,000 miles to Cape York, he tries to make a break for it. Unfortunately for the old man, persistent Boots isn't about to let this opportunity slip by. Later, as the Australian countryside flashes by through their open windows, Charlie's grief begins to blow away, and his mischievous sense of humor begins to return. With the help of a pretty hitchhiker, the father and son start to learn just how important it is to accept their shortcomings and attempt to find a common ground. Later, after wild time at a rodeo, a hilarious encounter with a tough grandmother, and a frightful ride in an unstable plane, Charlie and Boots finally reach Cape York, and begin the first chapter in an exciting new adventure.

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  • Sep 27, 2009
    <i>"Do you remember when I was little, you always promised me that one day we'd go and cast a line off the northernmost tip of Australia?"</i> <p> The concept of an Australian comedy featuring the once-in-a-lifetime pair-up of Paul <i>Crocodile Dundee</i> Hogan and Shane <i>Kenny</i> Jacobson would appear foolproof. And while this movie doesn't live up to all of its potential, <i>Charlie & Boots</i> (the sophomore effort of director Dean Murphy, who previously collaborated with Paul Hogan for 2004's <i>Strange Bedfellows</i>) is an endearing, heart-achingly poignant, sweet dramedy. This is a film infused with so much heart that even the feel-good clichés come across as charming, and it's simply an ideal vehicle for its two primary stars. Just how well it'll play for an international audience is a mystery, though. <p> Structured in the form of a conventional road-trip picture, the storyline here is straightforward. After the tragic death of his beloved wife Grace (Thompson), Charlie (Hogan) - a hardworking farmer - is left devastated and withdrawn. On a whim, his older son Boots (Jacobson) decides to take an impromptu fishing trip with Charlie in the hope it will shake his old man out of the doldrums and perhaps repair the rift in their relationship. Once Boots climbs into the car, Charlie informs him they'll be travelling from their Victorian hometown all the way up to Cape York (thousands of kilometres away) for a spot of fishing off the country's northernmost tip (a trip long promised but never accomplished). Charlie is at first none-too-cooperative, but Boots does his best to be upbeat. Along the way they pick up an attractive young female hitchhiker with boyfriend trouble (Griffin), and they fend off a succession of older women who are interested in Charlie. <p> Gradually, as the trip unfolds, an uneasy companionship emerges as the protagonists begin to learn more about each other and the dramas that ruptured their lives. A motion picture which celebrates the relationship between father and son, <i>Charlie & Boots</i> is sublimely warm and good-natured. The movie exposes family conflicts, and observes the protagonists as both of them divulge emotional revelations while their relationship is gradually placed back on track. In a sense, <i>Charlie & Boots</i> can be perceived as a picturesque tourist guide of rural Australia - during their travels, the characters encounter the Grampians, Tamworth, Forbes, Tenterfield and even the spectacular Great Barrier Reed. A lot of these locations are low-key (Baz Luhrman wouldn't have used them), and Roger Lawson's cinematography does justice to them. Dean Murphy's competent direction keeps things wonderfully minimalist and naturalistic (an efficient set-up that poignantly observes Charlie's grief is a particular highlight), while Dale Cornelius' delightful score adds yet another layer of enthralling flavour. Sure, the film may be little more than a mere string of vignettes that adhere to a similar formula, but it all comes together nicely. <p> <i>Charlie & Boots</i> is heavily laced with dry Aussie wit that's well suited to Australian audiences, who should also readily identify with the characters and be touched by their warmth. There are a number of laughs to have here, with most of humour being derived from witty writing (like Charlie's attitude towards a paddle-steamer) and a number of hilarious comedic set-pieces (such as a sequence involving a dim police officer). Yet despite the film's strong points, there are inherent problems with Murphy and co-writer Stewart Faichney's screenplay. The central problem is that the whole thing is incredibly by-the-numbers - it's your standard road-trip movie which obeys the rules of the genre (it's obvious from the outset that Charlie and Boots will patch up their relationship, for instance). While it could additionally be argued that the laughs are a tad limited considering the talent involved, the material bridging the comic material is solid - there's always something interesting going on, and the drama feels more affecting than forced. <p> A film joining the comic talents of Paul Hogan and Shane Jacobson was a terrific idea (however tenuous their physical resemblance), and their pair-up here is wonderful. Hoges is his usual brilliant self as Charlie; delivering a trademark performance that has echoes of his glory days. The former <i>Crocodile Dundee</i> star is able to express an inner sadness that's deeply affecting, and the gradual breaking down of his character's bitterness and reserve is effectively conveyed. Meanwhile, Shane Jacobson is pitch-perfect - likeable, sympathetic and above all relatable as Boots (whose real name is revealed in an amusing, nicely judged scene). He perfectly embodied the hard-working Aussie bloke in the 2006 hit <i>Kenny</i>, and in <i>Charlie & Boots</i> he brilliantly pulls off this type of role once again.<br> In the supporting cast there's the lovely young Morgan Griffin, who would've been 16 or 17 during production. Griffin brings a delightful warmth and buoyancy to the material, and an audience will miss her (as the boys do) when she abruptly departs from the story. The movie is in loving memory of Reg Evans, who plays an amusing minor role in the movie, and who died in the 2009 Victorian bushfires. <p> All things considered, <i>Charlie & Boots</i> ia pleasant, down-to-earth, enjoyable little Aussie film of male bonding which is both funny and touching. Its charm is very pervasive, and it's difficult not to yield to it. Any Australian who has ever taken a multiple-day road-trip will easily relate to the situations the protagonists encounter (car trouble, snoring relos, etc). <i>Charlie & Boots</i> may be a highly clichéd affair, but it'll surely plant a smile on your face - and who can complain about that? Be sure to watch until after the end credits for a bonus laugh.
    Cal ( Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2009
    Paul Hogan did everything right... but in this movie a lot from others is missing... few funny lines (mostly funny to Australians) good country music (and very cute performance of Morgan Griffin), a lot of cliche situations... and a director who has to learn a lot!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2009
    There are three main characters in this movie - Charlie McFarland (Paul Hogan), Boots (Shane Jacobson) and Australia - and they're all fantastic! Director/co-writer Dean Murphy succeeds in portraying typical Aussie characters that, no matter how colourful, don't come across as cardboard caricatures. There's so much heart in this comedy/drama that even the feel-good cliches that it throws at you from time to time seem charming. Most of the film's good-natured comedy comes from the interaction between the main characters, as well as cool cameos. But where Hogan and Jacobson really excel is at hitting all the right dramatic notes without ever falling into cheap melodrama. In the end, <i>Charlie & Boots</i> is a clever road movie that proves that family-friendly is not synonymous with Disney-dumb. It might not be the most original movie, but <i>Charlie & Boots</i> will surely plant a smile on your face - and who can complain about that?
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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