Based on a real life story which had half of Australia glued to the news as it unfolded. But overshadowed in the marketplace by the slightly later MR RELIABLE starring Colin Friels, a good enough light drama. The appeal in SHOTGUN WEDDING is its darkly humorous view of humanity, both the unfortunate miscreant who precipitates the events now spinning wildly out of anyone's control and overall the operations of our media-driven society. The picture of police and state forces is deliciously unflattering.
Comparisons could be made with Billy Wilder's seriously bleak humor in THE BIG CARNIVAL (ACE IN THE HOLE) and with Pacino's bewildered little-man innocent abroad in DOG DAY AFTERNOON. Aden Young does his gutsy guy at odds with the world well. Surely Zoe Carides is the sexiest female on the Australian screen.
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