Idiot Box (2001)





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Low-down and earthy, this Australian comedy, the sophomore effort from director David Caesar, tells the tale of two jobless Sydney slackers who try to become bank robbers. Though they could be out looking hard for work, Kev and Mick prefer to wile their days away drinking beer and watching crime dramas on television. They only show motivation when they run out of suds, though Kev does occasionally take time have sex with his girlfriend Betty on the living room couch in between shows. Mick is attracted to Lani, the pretty virgin who works in their favorite drive-through liquor store. It doesn't take long for Mick to steal Lani away from her older brother's overprotective eye and become her lover. Shortly thereafter Mick and Kev, feeling they have learned all they can from the telly, begin plotting their first heist. Unfortunately, a pair of robbers dressed as clowns rob the boys' intended bank before they do and this brings in a pair of detectives. Throw in the obstacles presented by the neighborhood crime lord, and the stage is set for the story's darkly humorous conclusion. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
NR (not Rated)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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John Polson
as Jonah
Robyn Loau
as Lani
Graeme Blundell
as Detective Eric
Deborah Kennedy
as Detective Loanne
Stephen Rae
as Colin
Amanda Muggleton
as Kev's Mum
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Critic Reviews for Idiot Box

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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December 10, 2002
AV Club
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August 11, 2005

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May 5, 2005
Film Threat

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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

It's a real pleasure to revisit the film on DVD, and to be reminded of its zest, its humour and its crackling entertainment value.

Full Review… | August 17, 2002
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Idiot Box

This movie straight from Australia follows two friends who dont work and more or less cause trouble almost like the Aussie beavis and butthead but this movie isn't a comedy its a gritty drama when the two of them sick of watching crime movies all day decide to commit a crime of there own and rob a bank of course all doesn't always go as planned in films like this and it leads them both to a very tragic conclusion . Overall this isn't a bad movie by any means but its gonna take a certain taste to wanna sit threw it i enjoyed it but just wouldn't recommend it to just anyone

ken j
ken j

Super Reviewer

I didn't really like the ending. I seems like it just came way too fast and so much happened at once. The best part (that I thought was best, anyway) was when they stole the bucket from the 'koala'. That just made me laugh hysterically!

Lammy !
Lammy !

Idiot Box is an early film from a Aussie director who has certainly progressed. It’s not a terrible film but it’s a noisy, confused and tiresome one.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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