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Introducing the Dwights (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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 security guard. While dad is busy trying to revive his flat-lined career, mom spends most of her time doting on Tim and his developmentally disabled brother, Mark (Richard Wilson). Upon meeting the beautiful Jill (Emma Booth), Tim believes his may have finally found the woman of his dreams. Unfortunately in Jean's eyes there is only room for one woman in Tim's life, and that woman is his mother. As Tim's relationship with Jill grows increasingly serious, the stage is set for a battle royal between the woman who once gave him life and the prospective mother of his future children. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Introducing the Dwights

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (30)

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

September 1, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

One of those quirky Australian comedies that's almost as charming and sharp as it thinks it is.

July 31, 2007

It's time we all met the Dwights.

July 27, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

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

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 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The broader characterizations may be off, but [director] Nowlan observes other small details with sensitive precision.

July 20, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

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.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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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.

Mason Williams
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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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