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October 18, 2014
Don't waste your time seeing it. It is one of the most boring and dreary films I have seen. All the characters are unlikable and unbelievable.
July 17, 2014
Period Piece Of Cinema Depicting The Demoralising Difficulties Association With Drug Addiction. The Fashions May Gave Moved On But The Issues, Love, Trust, Betrayal & Uncertainty Certainly Still Ring Very True.
½ May 29, 2014
Adapted from Helen Garner's award winning novel of the same name, "Monkey Grip" is a portrayal of a year in the life of Nora, a young divorced mother who becomes involved with a junkie while trying to make sense of her identity. Noni Hazlehurst is good as Nora but Colin Friels is the real standout as Javo, Nora's drug addled boyfriend. Lookout for Chrissie Amphlett as Angela and The Divinyls performing some of their hits. Doc Neeson (ex front man for The Angels) was supposed to play Javo but he withdrew a couple of weeks before commencement of filming due to a conflict with band tour dates.
Super Reviewer
August 29, 2010
The 80's setting was a flashback and big cringe. I would have to say the acting was pretty good, but it's a very slight film about a single mum and the men in her life. Nothing overly dramatic happens, it is more emotion driven than exciting. Interesting to see Chrissy Amphlett, though.
July 16, 2009
A good portrayal of the book although it did gloss over a lot of the detail. Disappointing to learn that most of it was filmed in Sydney....
½ March 18, 2009
Not bad for 1982 movie, young Colin Friels as a drug addict is believable and actually where is now Noni Hazlehurst? She es perfect in this movie.
January 9, 2009
Yeah,..this was good. - a good Aussie flick, set in Melbourne in the early 80's with a young, beautiful Noni Hazlehurst.

Her daughter in the film is adorable to watch and steals the scenes she's in. It's based on a book and in the film the music group 'The Divinyls' are part of the story which was great and interesting for history's sake to watch.

It's a bit choppy, the editing, but definitely worth seeing if you wanna see old Australian cinema.

½ November 29, 2008
This film is based on Helen Garner's novel of the same name and tells the story of a Nora(Noni Hazlehurst), a divorced mother, and her daughter Gracie, living on the fringe of the music scene in Melbourne in the 80's. We see the realtionships of Nora and her social group grow and disintergrate, as they all search for some kind of connection and meaning in their lives. The central relationship centers around Nora's and Javo (played beautifully by Colin Friels), a junkie who becomes part of Nora and Gracie's liives. They struggle to maintain a connection with Javo whose primary relationship is with his addiction. This film has a whole lot of heart and Nora's struggle with the relationship in her life are universal ones to some degree. It makes this film very accessable. The film has dated a little since it was made in 1982, but is still worth a watch. The narrative style is very engaging and the kick ass soundtrack provided in part by the Divinyls (Chrissie Amphlett plays a role in the film as well as performs some great live tracks) really knits this film together and makes it worth another viewing.
June 24, 2008
Not as good as the book
April 27, 2008
Acting was great and narrative was compelling. Watched this as a kid for the first time and couldn't get past the fact that I was seeing a Play School host in her birthday suit. My childhood ended that day.
January 22, 2008
I really liked this. New found respect gained for Noni Hazelhurst. Worth a look.
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