Ralph Breaks the Internet
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It has all the cringe-making laughs one might expect from a comedy of celebrity, but Rats And Cats also achieves a surprising subtlety by approaching its larger-than-life protagonist in disarmingly low-key fashion.
A hip comedy, and as such, being hip and caustic is sometimes more important than being funny.
Not a lot happens in it really. But it's the way it doesn't happen that counts.
There are no side-splitting jokes as such, but a high number of humorous observations that are right on the money.
Rats and Cats is an excellent example of independent Australian film and deserves to be seen; with a little more care in the development of the story it might have been outstanding.
Rats and Cats is a sort-of comedy, very laid-back and meandering, and it's mostly content to explore life in this little town and some of its inhabitants.
Notable for his short film, Wilfred, which became a popular series for SBS TV, director Tony Rogers' assured handling and the cast's boots'n'all delivery make this unheralded black comedy a pleasant surprise.
This was definitely a "sort-of-comedy" - one that relied on humorous observations rather than outright jokes (which doesn't exactly do it for me). Since some of the comedic dialogue was underscored with dramatic music, I didn't even know what to feel sometimes. The film also lacked somewhat in the story department - it was pretty laid-back, and while this seemed to work initially, the absence of any stronger narrative progression eventually left me bored. For me, Paul Denny (the spitting image of a young Dennis Hopper) was the stand-out performer.
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