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1980s social commentary packaged in a very funny film.
What "The Castle" was to Melbourne in the 90s, "Emoh Ruo" is to Sydney in the 80s.
A "typical" not so wealthy young couple with child live in a caravan in a wealthy Sydney suburb. After an unfortunate incident, and after being seduced by an immensely funny parody of a TV Home Loan commercial, they decide to build a "dream home" of their own. Being completely innocent of such matters, they therefore become victims of builders, real estate salesmen, the bank, of tradition, of society, and even of their own families. They don't cope at all well to start (he loses his job and she becomes quite neurotic); although all crises are happily resolved in the end, even if in a somewhat unexpected way.
Unlike some other very funny movies, this one has a coherent plot, a believable (for a comedy) storyline; and some actual depth to the characters. It's more than a collection of gags strung together. It's a wry commentary on what was a reality to many people of the day. In many ways, a political cartoon made into a movie.
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