The Sum of Us (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Sum of Us (1995)




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The relationship between a gay son and his straight father is chronicled in this honest Australian drama. Harry Mitchell is a widower living with his son Jeff. Harry has always accepted his son's sexual orientation, but the sincerity of his acceptance is questioned when Jeff brings a potential lover home.

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Russell Crowe
as Jeff Mitchell
Jack Thompson
as Harry Mitchell
Joss Moroney
as Jeff (age 8)
Des James
as Football Coach
Mick Campbell
as Footballer
Donny Muntz
as Ferry Captain
Jan Adele
as Barmaid
Lola Nixon
as Desiree
Sally Cahill
as Greg's Mother
Bob Baines
as Greg's Father
Stuart Campbell
as Leatherman
Graham Drake
as Leatherman
Elaine Lee
as Woman on Train
Ross Anderson
as Gardener
John Rhall
as Dad's Brother
Helen Williams
as Brother's Wife
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Critic Reviews for The Sum of Us

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Sexual orientation aside, it's the kind of film that can have you looking past family member faults and focusing on what's important.

Full Review… | May 26, 2016
Family Home Theater

The novelty of this Australian working class comedy of manners is that sexual orientation is not a probelm. Father and gay son (nicely played by Russell Crowe) enjoy the kind of warm, amiable relationship thast's unheard of and unseen in American films

Full Review… | February 13, 2007

A second look reveals everything wrong with the movie, but on first pass, it's well-performed and enjoyably crafted.

August 19, 2005
Nick's Flick Picks

An excellent Aussie effort with ripper performances from Crowe and Thompson

May 6, 2005

Effective translation of a theatre piece. Russell Crowe's best performance.

November 5, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Plumbs the depths of a loyal and loving relationship between a father and son.

Full Review… | August 30, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Sum of Us


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 Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

I loved, loved, loved this movie! Russell Crowe as a nice, handsome gay guy with an awesome dad and they are both wanting to find someone to settle down with, but ... things happen. GREAT movie. And it was sweet and I like sweet movies, with all the ups and downs.

Sue Smith
Sue Smith

Beautifully acted by two fine actors with a refreshing attitude to a modern father-son relationship.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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