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The Sum of Us (1994)

 -  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

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

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 <fred@cs.su.oz.au>

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Not your typical father and son story. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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8 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Summe der Gefühle  »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,465,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$766,464 (USA)
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Jeff Mitchell: Of course, some people think it isn't very good manners to read at the dinner table.
Harry Mitchell: Some people hasn't lived with you for twenty-odd years.
Jeff Mitchell: Some people should be so bloody lucky.
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Love Explosion
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Personable, Sincere and utterly Australian
17 March 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie took me by surprise, it is personable, sincere and utterly Australian. It explores its themes in a beautiful manner, through the relationships between family, especially father and son. Don't be put off by Russel Crowe. I myself almost didn't watch it because he was in it, but I have to say, he did a brilliant job. He took the character and made it his own, and I feel no one else could have played the part any better. Take into account that this movie was originally a stage play, so there are various monologues and direct engagement with the audience. This at first is a little surprising and perhaps even uncomfortable, as we are so used to being purely observers when watching a movie. After initial surprise however I found the technique refreshing, it gave the film a more personable and intimate quality. I revel in how Australian this film is, the fact that I use the same brands of mustard and soy sauce which at one point appeared at the dinner table, made me unusually delighted and also pulled me into the realism which the film tries and succeeds in conveying. At risk of sounding patriotic, it almost made me proud to be Australian. This is probably one of my favourite movies, in its exploration of love and how it should not be dictated by the limits of our society.


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