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An amusing little piece that heavily comes down on the side of the children despite lacking bite
bob the moo from United Kingdom
23 August 2004
William Hogg wins a minor poetry prize for his work based on his family
life. However, when an audience member berating him for criticising his
parents accosts him, he decides to mend the bridges and invite them
around for dinner. When they arrive things get off to a bad start
immediately when they are critical and impatient but they only get
worse when it transpires that William's parents have invited his
sisters as well.
Many films proclaim the importance of parent and child relationships
and you could probably sink a ship with the weight of weepy melodramas
on the subject, however this short takes the opposite line. Not all
parents are wonderful people and not all distant children are spoilt
little brats too lazy to make the effort. Here we see Hogg challenged
to not just see the bad things about his parents and setting out to
rebuild with them, but they turn out to still be the people who made
him the nervous, shy wreck he is now. The film does well to show them
as the slight drunks they are but it is a shame that it was done so
simply to the point that it was mostly done for laughs rather than any
clever searching of character. On this level it still manages to be
amusing but it is amusing where it should have been telling.
The cast do pretty well with what they are given but none of them make
really convincing drunks they just come across as sober people acting
drunk (which I suppose is what they are!). Gordon is good; Fairman and
Knight are both enjoyably harsh while people like Boone make it a bit
more interesting with nothing much to do. The spin on the side of the
child is a clever touch that sets it apart and the characters are used
reasonably well to be amusing but it is just a shame that the script
wasn't able to be deeper or more insightful while still being amusing.
Worth watching once as long as you don't expect too much.
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