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Harry (Jack Thompson), a middle-aged father who suffered through the death of his wife, is ready to get back into dating. Harry shares a home with his gay son, Jeff (Russell Crowe), who is also looking for a serious relationship. Harry and Jeff, who are very close, decide to help each another look for potential partners. Jeff finds a boyfriend who is still in the closet, and Harry begins dating Joyce (Deborah Kennedy). She has a bias against gays, which puts Harry in a tough spot.

Cast & Crew

Jack Thompson
Harry Mitchell
Russell Crowe
Jeff Mitchell
Deborah Kennedy
Joyce Johnson
Joss Moroney
Young Jeff
Hal McElroy
Executive Producer
Errol Sullivan
Executive Producer
David Faulkner
Original Music
Mark Seymour
Original Music
Geoff Burton
Cinematographer
Graham Walker
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Critic Reviews for The Sum of Us

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Audience Reviews for The Sum of Us

  • Nov 20, 2016
    A satisfying and somewhat stirring examination of love and family. Crowe and Thompson give solid performances despite limited production values. "The Sum of Us" made me smile, so I guess I gotta recommend it.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2013
    In 1994, I would imagine the idea of father and son, straight and gay, accepting each other without question would have been more groundbreaking. Hopefully in the 20 years since, this would not be such an unusual story.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2008
    Beautifully acted by two fine actors with a refreshing attitude to a modern father-son relationship.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]In "The Sum of Us," Jeff(Russell Crowe), a 24-year old plumber who lives at home with his dad, Harry(Jack Thompson), is attracted to Greg(John Polson), a gardener he has talked with at the pub a few times. Jeff feels that this is the big night and Harry promises to stay out of the way.(Despite their friendship, the two men do have a tendency to drive each other crazy as housemates.) Harry, a widower, is also planning on getting back into the dating scene as he contacts a dating service and arranges a date with Joyce(Deborah Kennedy), a middle-aged divorcee.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Sum of Us" is about how playing a gay character in a movie may not necessarily be detrimental to an actor's career. Its positive stance on openmindedness sometimes threatens to push the movie over the line into public service announcement territory but it avoids that fate by having a good eye for characterization. Also, its message about acceptance is broad enough to include living at home with parents and working class occupations. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with working with your hands. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The central theme of the movie is love and how it is passed down from generation to generation. Some people may be freaked out by Harry's behavior but in an ideal world, that is how fathers should act. But to be honest, I have no problems with the cordially laconic relationship I have with my father.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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