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Welcome to Woop Woop (1998)

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In part, filmmaker Stephan Elliott (best known for The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert) made this black, surrealistic and subversive comedy to bid farewell to Australian cultural traditions (i.e. excessive beer drinking, racism and sexism) that are rapidly disappearing due to the increasing infiltration of urban sophistication and political correctness into even the county's most remote regions. Unfortunately, Elliot's outrageous tribute to past 'traditions' is presented with such vulgar abandon that many Australians are sure to be offended, not tickled, even though Elliot did try to tone down the mean spirit of the original script which was first titled 'Big Red.' The story centers on Teddy, a fugitive con-artist who has fled New York and gone into the Australian outback. His troubles begin when he is picked up at a lonely gas station by the blonde and brassy Angie who quickly seduces him and then knocks him out cold. Teddy awakens to find himself in the dusty town of Woop Woop. Surrounded by steep cliffs, the town, which was built near a now-defunct asbestos mine, is ruled by Angie's father Daddy-O, who is as much a warden as he is a local leader, deciding when and who will enter and leave Woop Woop. A weird place that is supported by a kangaroo-meat dog-food factory, it is populated by beer-swilling rednecks, crude eccentrics (and a giant kangaroo named Big Red) who find endless entertainment listening to Oscar & Hammerstein musicals (the town's ramshackle drive-in runs The Sound of Music and South Pacific continuously). Teddy quickly discovers that he is in effect the burg's newest prisoner and is expected to constantly service the sexually insatiable Angie. Not willing to remain a captive, Teddy begins planning his escape. The story's surrealism comes from Elliot's deliberately inappropriate use of musical numbers to punctuate events.
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R (adult situations/language, sex)
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Comedy
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Orion Home Video

Cast

Rod Taylor
as Daddy O
Dee Smart
as Krystal
Barry Humphries
as Bling Wally
Richard Moir
as Reggie
Mark Wilson
as Duffy
Paul Mercutio
as Midget
Tina Louise
as Bella
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Critic Reviews for Welcome to Woop Woop

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Elliott's attempts at killer entertainment only result in the actors making utter fools of themselves and complete exhaustion on the part of the audience.

Full Review… | March 28, 2006
Film Journal International

Oddly amusing and suitably off-the-wall!

July 11, 2003
Film Threat

Absolutely unwatchable!

March 7, 2003
Aisle Seat

I'm Australian, and I loathe this cliched crap!

February 4, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

Finally a Rocky Horror Show to greet the millennium. Welcome to Woop Woop is indisputably the best "bad" film to hit our screens in many a moon.

January 4, 2003
Critics Inc./America Online

Really, really bad.

August 2, 2002

Audience Reviews for Welcome to Woop Woop

Understood in our circle of friends as "the worst movie we have ever seen," it has become more enjoyable over time. Let's just say if you are dreaming of encounters with a giant kangaroo, this is the movie for you.

Ryan Paterson
Ryan Paterson
½

one of the strangest movies you will ever see that's for sure! very funny and entertaining. very good

James Mayer
James Mayer

I love crazy Australian movies. And this one is definately CRAZY!

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