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The Illustrated Family Doctor (2005)

"The Illustrated Family Doctor" is a dark comedy, that centres on the story of Gary Kelp, a young man who condenses reference books for a company called the Info Digest.

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Samuel Johnson ...
Gary Kelp
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Ray Gill
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Christine
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Carol Kelp
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Jennifer
Brian Meegan ...
Bob Boundary
Paul Sonkkila ...
Snapper Thompson
Sarah Pierse ...
Gary's Mum
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Carl Lucas
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Adrian Kelp
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Clarice Stoker
Andrew Ausage ...
Morgue Orderly
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Matronly Woman
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John
Niki Owen ...
Barmaid

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"The Illustrated Family Doctor" is a dark comedy, that centres on the story of Gary Kelp, a young man who condenses reference books for a company called the Info Digest. The film begins with the death of Gary's, and with Gary having to start work on condensing a home medical journal called The Illustrated Family Doctor. The deeper Gary gets into condensing the journal, the more he starts to question his job, his life and everything around him. Then, mysteriously, he begins to take on the symptoms from the book and slowly his life starts to fall apart around him in comically tragic ways. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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3 March 2005 (Australia)  »

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Disappointed
25 November 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I have to say I expected more from this movie. With the great cast and interesting opener, I didn't envision nearly falling asleep halfway through.

While the actors did their best, the script could have used some of Ray's advice, in short, more editing!

Samuel Johnson's hangdog expression (familiar to those who watched The Secret Life of Us) was put to great effect as he experienced loss, love and even kidney failure. I like Sacha Horler, given her previous work in Soft Fruit and Praise, but she only appeared in two scenes! Colin Friels was gruff yet personable and Jessica Napier, also very good, didn't appear enough.

Overall, I found the movie too drawn out to hold my interest with a lot of unnecessary clutter. Had they done more cutting and pasting, it could have worked.


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