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My Mother Frank (2000)

When a meddlesome mother enrolls in university with her son, old and new worlds collide with awesome consequences.

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Frances (Frank) Kennedy (as Sinead Cusack)
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Professor Mortlock
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David Kennedy
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Jenny
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Margaret
Celia Ireland ...
Peggy
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Jean
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Sister Sebastian
Joan Lord ...
Sister Bernadette
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Mick (as Nicholas Bishop)
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Receptionist
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Francine
Annie Byron ...
Eunice
Pamela Hawken ...
Marcia
Brendan Higgins ...
Doctor
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When a meddlesome mother enrolls in university with her son, old and new worlds collide. As the dust settles, Frank (Frances Regina Aileen Nano Kennedy) finds herself, David finds love and those around them find their lives changed forever. Written by Anonymous

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David Kennedy: It's Jenny. I want her and she wants Mick. I'm Georgie Burke and Mick's Dad. Now go.
Frances Kennedy: You are not George Burke. You are not your father. You are your father's son. I can't find words to express how proud I am of you. You're great. If she can't see that, she's not worthy of you. And if she can, she'll come around.
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A great Australian film
19 July 2000 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

I watched this film last night at a preview screening - we were told initially we'd be watching "Return To Me" but it didn't arrive so they showed "My Mother Frank" instead. The film would have a hard time winning us over - we'd come to see an American romantic comedy but here was another zany Australian film in its place. Apparently about gay parenthood, as the title seemed to imply!

Well thankfully it wasn't, but the first 20 minutes really seemed to drag. I was about to walk out and rent a video when two people sat down beside us, blocking our exit. Damn. As the jokes passed onscreen I wasn't smiling - I had a grim set to my mouth, and had laughed maybe twice since the beginning of the film.

Then something happened. After about 20 minutes, I started laughing. Probably a combination of me giving in to watching the movie, and the script improving somewhat, from that point on the film was quite a joy.

The storyline is about a widow and mother named Frank (played by Sinead Cusack), who's son tells her to get a life. She takes his suggestion to heart, and goes to university to study a Bachelor of Arts majoring it seems in Poetry. Sam Neill plays her poetry lecturer Professor Mortlock, a slightly bitter, very hard man to please. As she struggles to fit into uni life amid the protestations of an embarrassed son (its the same uni he attends), Frank also tries to fit in charity work for the Catholic church forced on her by the nun from hell, looking after her daughter's children while she should be studying, and finally exploding pineapple tins.

Added to this, we witness the amusing antics of her son David (played by Matthew Newton) as he falls in love with his best mates underappreciated girlfriend and attempts to win her over.

Downsides to the film? Perhaps the start was a little slow, and occasionally I could guess what was about to happen (which, surprisingly, doesn't usually occur to me).

I though this was a great Australian film - funny and satisfying.


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