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An unfocused twentysomething (Peter Fenton) moves in with a former co-worker (Sacha Holder), who is suffering from low self-esteem because of her weight, looks, and a case of eczema. Their ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fenton ...
Gordon
Sacha Horler ...
Cynthia
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Rachel
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Vass
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Leo
Yvette Duncan ...
Molly
Gregory Perkins ...
Raymond
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Cathy
Skye Wansey ...
Helen
Richard Green ...
Dave
Lynette Curran ...
Sexual Health Worker
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Sophie
Paul Lum ...
Darren
Fiona Mahl ...
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Skinhead
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An unfocused twentysomething (Peter Fenton) moves in with a former co-worker (Sacha Holder), who is suffering from low self-esteem because of her weight, looks, and a case of eczema. Their relationship is based on unending drink, drugs, and sex. Curiously, though the two are presented in a tender and humorous light that lets the viewer get involved in concerned about their direction. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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$6,315 (USA) (30 June 2000)

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$30,432 (USA) (17 November 2000)
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hate to say it, but not as good as the book
27 April 1999 | by (brisbane, australia) – See all my reviews

I'm just not too sure about this film. I loved the book, but somehow the film is just missing something. I think that you are not treated to as much of Gordon's inner thoughts and motivations, and so he comes off as less of a sympathetic character than in the novel. I concede, though, that it would have been quite difficult to achieve some sort of balance in the portrayal of the main protagonists, especially considering that Cynthia is such a dominant, aggressive (albeit sexually) personality.

Despite my misgivings though, the performances are fantastic, especially Sacha Horler as Cynthia.

Probably a common gripe from anyone living in Brisbane is that although the film is set here, it is so obviously not filmed here. I've heard all the stories about budget constraints and what not, but it still irks me (and many others) that a cult brisbane novel was filmed in sydney, no matter how universal its themes.


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