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Elliott whizzes from montage to sight gag to flashbacks and flash-forwards, skittering sideways for frequent discursions about the family pets, or a disastrous incident with a beach umbrella.
As he did so winningly in "Priscilla" and 1997's unfairly overlooked outback comedy "Welcome to Woop Woop," Elliott celebrates Australian identity with genuine love while simultaneously roasting it over the coals of no-holds-barred satire and parody.
If you need a way to laugh at all the reasons you're deficient, or to examine why your white Australian friends are the hot messes they are, grab your sluggers, lather up that body in oil, spark up a dart and laugh. And, hopefully, don't cry.
...a nostalgic comedy.
Unfortunately, once the need to tell a tall story about partner-swapping parents and their hilariously unsupervised offspring kicks in, the movie is soon cut down to size.
It's vulgar and absurdly over-the-top. It's also really funny and a surprisingly refreshing summer tonic during Oscar season...
Unlike most Australian comedy films, which can barely sustain one viewing, Surfing Safari definitely holds up to a second helping, if for no other reason than to relish the period detail embedded into each frame, right down to the exploding pyjamas.
This is a movie that had an immediate effect on me and my co-viewer. We talked about it for hours. It's still on my mind.
A movie that can't stuff its frames with enough raucous one-liners, polyester jumpsuits or instances of a woman urinating on a jellyfish-stung child.
The trouble starts when things get half-serious. The half bit is the problem.
There's a hell of a lot of stuff, everywhere, all the time, and the sheer energy of it all is contagious, propulsive, and fun ... the colourful direction, performances and design make for an engaging and relentlessly entertaining ninety-six minutes.
While there's plenty here to enjoy it's also so loud, fast and eye-wateringly garish that you'll probably need a Bex and a good lie down afterwards.
So disappointed. I have been looking forward to seeing this for ages and now I have, wish I never bothered. What a waste of a good cast and setting. Loud screaming kids non stop, stuff about animals I don't like seeing and virtually no plot. What the is doesn't make sense.
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