The Sum of Us (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

May 26, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

February 13, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

August 19, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

An excellent Aussie effort with ripper performances from Crowe and Thompson

May 6, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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

November 5, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

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

August 30, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sum of Us


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
Christian C

Super Reviewer


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


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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