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Succeeds as a personable and entertaining social comedy playing from the left-field.
Just as Australia's current coalition government nominated Scott Morrison as their leader; a man who has a boat-shaped sculpture in his office that proclaims "I stopped these"; a movie embracing humanity like "The Merger" is right on time.
There's no question the film, directed with careful attention not to offend by Mark Grentell, has its heart in the right place as the film bounces around the idea of accepting people of other lands into the community. If only the film was funnier.
A by-the-numbers affair brightened up by palatable packaging and palpable passion - and with ample charm in its crowd-pleasing vibe and its cause.
This is the Full Monty for the Footy field.
The frustratingly inert direction of Mark Grentell... also smothers a lot of the goodwill you may wish to extend towards The Merger.
Australian comedies are always a dubious lot and this is no different, with few laughs, endless dinkum Ockerisms, a calculatedly crowd-pleasing edge and well-meaning messages that are virtually tackled to the ground and beaten senseless.
The Merger has a massive heart, and it's unequivocally in the right place.
I left The Merger in a reverie, charmed by this latest great Australian comedy about identity, which deserves to go straight to the pool room alongside The Castle and, more recently, Ali's Wedding.
It's not mountain-moving stuff, but nor is it devoid of care and consideration. The Merger is well made play-to-the-bleacher-seats entertainment.
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