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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Introducing the Dwights is funny and poignant, with a tour-de-force performance by British actress Brenda Blethyn.
One of those quirky Australian comedies that's almost as charming and sharp as it thinks it is.
It's time we all met the Dwights.
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.
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.
The broader characterizations may be off, but [director] Nowlan observes other small details with sensitive precision.
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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.
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.
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.
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