The world of 14 year old Shaun revolves around his broken family home, and a group of truant friends who inhabit Melbourne's northern suburb shopping centres. As he tries to make the ... See full summary »

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Kane McNay ...
Shaun
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Jenny
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Sam
Maxie Rickard ...
Tanya
Sarah Naumoff ...
Joanne
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Sue
Ryan Paine ...
Laurie
Ronald Grima ...
Dean
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Darren
Sheryl Munks ...
Pam
Victoria Eagger ...
Yvonne
John Penman ...
Brian
Susan Godfrey ...
Constable Tamara
Helen Doig ...
Ann-Marie
Pauline Terry-Beitz ...
Jean
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The world of 14 year old Shaun revolves around his broken family home, and a group of truant friends who inhabit Melbourne's northern suburb shopping centres. As he tries to make the transition into adulthood, the audience is forced to view the world through the eyes of one whom society is reluctant to accept. Written by Benjamin Sharp <absharp@hotmail.com>

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25 January 2001 (Australia)  »

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Dull, pretentious garbage bloated with self-importance
14 February 2006 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

I become suspicious when a film is described as being "important". Important to whom? Is it going to change my life? Or the world? When I sat down to watch "Mallboy", I was wide awake. When it was over, I was half asleep. I found it neither important nor entertaining. It bored me senseless. It wanted to be controversial and meaningful, but in the process of wanting to be, it forgot to be involving. The story of 14-year-old Shaun and his dysfunctional family is a story we've all seen before, so the trick for the filmmaker is to present it from a fresh perspective. Rowan Woods' "The Boys" tackled material similar to "Mallboy" and did it brilliantly. "Mallboy" fails because it doesn't engage the viewer. It's also dull. It has no shading. It's one of the dullest things I've ever seen, actally. Comparisons to "Kids", "Bully" and "Ken Park" are fanciful.


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