The Sum of Us (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  8 March 1995 (USA)
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A widowed father has to deal with two complex issues: while he is searching for "Miss Right," his son, who is in his 20s and gay, is searching for "Mr. Right."


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Mitchell
Joyce Johnson
Joss Moroney ...
Young Jeff
Mitch Mathews ...
Julie Herbert ...
Des James ...
Football Coach
Mick Campbell ...
Donny Muntz ...
Ferry Captain
Jan Adele ...
Rebekah Elmaloglou ...
Jenny Johnson
Lola Nixon ...
Sally Cahill ...
Greg's Mother
Greg's Father


Set in Sydney, Australia. A (heterosexual) father and his gay son are trying to find Ms/Mr Right respectively. The film shows their relationships with one another and the objects of their affection as tradgedy strikes. There is no overt 'message' in the film, just a very natural, entertaining story-telling. Written by Fred Curtis <>

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A surprising comedy of love. [Australia Theatrical] See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

8 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Summe der Gefühle  »

Box Office


AUD 3,465,000 (estimated)


$766,464 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Back when I was 13.....
7 February 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was coming out to myself.. I had this warped image of being gay that I had to develop a lisp and become high camp just to conform with being gay (I repeat I was 13 and living in the sticks.) I saw an ad for this movie TSOU and I just had to see it. With alot of precautions I caught a train for 2 hours to a movie theater that was far enough away so no one that I knew would see me going to a "gay" Film. Any way Sitting in the theater I was presented with an image of a gay man that didn't fall into the stereotypes I had been so used to, I guess the film taught me I could be gay with out being faggy. To simply label this as a gay movie is to miss the entire point its a Romance movie, both father and son looking for a partner of same/different gender. To make a tired point I love this movie Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson are brilliant.. I wish I had a dad like Henry.... or a boyfriend like Jeff :)

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