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Pressured by money hungry Bernie (John Clarke) to redevelop their club and install poker machines when the begin having financial difficulties, Cityside Bowling Club members Stan (Bill Hunter), Len (Frank Wilson) and Eileen (Monica Maughan) make a last ditch effort to enter a tournament and win the prize money needed to stay afloat. Desperate to form a winning team, the ageing trio quickly learns that dispite his lack of presence, young Jack Simpson (Mick Molloy) has held a membership for years for the sole purpose of maintaing a cheap parking spot - not to mention renting out a few on the side for a little profit. Finally called on to serve his duty as an actual member, will Jack pitch in to save to club from certain extinction, or simply drive a few extra blocks to find another parking spot. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Mick Molloy
as Jack Simpson
Bill Hunter
as Stan Coombs
Frank Wilson
as Len Johnson
Monica Maughan
as Eileen Musgrove
John Clarke
as Bernie Fowler
Judith Lucy
as Nancy Brown
Lois Ramsey
as Gwen Penny
Esme Melville
as Ida Jenkins
Bob Hornery
as Ron Marsh
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Critic Reviews for Crackerjack

All Critics (8) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Crackerjack

  • Apr 07, 2008
    <i>"The only thing revealing at the moment is two inches of arse crack poking out the top of my pants.</i>" <i>Crackerjack</i> is a simple, funny and light-hearted typical Aussie comedy that is fun and very entertaining. A terrific script written by Mick Molloy and his brother Richard, which is really able to authentically display what old Aussie codgers are truly like. Lazy slob Jack Simpson (played tremendously well by Molloy) has a membership in a local lawn bowls club purely for the purpose of renting out his car park spaces (He owns 3 memberships, equalling 3 car park spaces; the car park for the bowls club is across the road from his work). When things get desperate at the bowling club and they start running out of players, the club call upon Jack (even though he's never held a lawn bowl in his life) to play lawn bowls with the other old folks. Jack is very reluctant, but has no choice if he wants to keep his membership(s), the other two of which the club are still unaware that Jack owns. Unfortunately, this Aussie production took a lot of pasting and it's a real shame that it did. It was never meant to be a masterpiece, and it isn't, but it's a good laugh to have while enjoying a cold one. <i>Crackerjack</i> is also special because it displays many Australian traits that ring true in reality. From believing in the philosophy of a 'fair go', to enjoying nothing more than a cold beer on a hot afternoon. The stereotypical Australians as portrayed in the film are very accurate as well. The cast was terrific, the gags are extremely clever and overall I had a really fun time watching this movie.
    Cal ( Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2007
    Light-hearted Aussie comedy where the ageing members of a bowling club facing closure bring in a youngster to help win the inter-club tournament and save the club.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2006
    One of my favourite Australian comedies.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer

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