THREE DOLLARS is the story of Eddie, an honest, compassionate man who finds himself with a wife, a child, and three dollars. Eddie's world revolves around the three women in his life: his ... See full summary »
THREE DOLLARS is the story of Eddie, an honest, compassionate man who finds himself with a wife, a child, and three dollars. Eddie's world revolves around the three women in his life: his brilliant wife Tanya, a passionate academic, their six year old daughter Abby, who heightens the stakes on every decision Eddie makes, and his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful, privileged Amanda, who re-appears in his life with mathematical certainty every nine and a half years. Surviving with a blend of self-depreciating wit, spirited sensitivity and a big heart, his life is rich with the pleasures and pains of love, family, friendship and marriage. But with only three dollars to his name Eddie will be faced with a choice that will change the direction of his life forever. Written by
Half way through watching this film on DVD (which we hired for a dollar) at home my wife turned to me and said, "It must be an inside job." I turned to her and said "What do you mean?" I thought she was talking about the plot or lack of plot. No, she meant getting this film financed in the first place. The tax payer funded AFC, Film Vic and FFC all put money into making this film. Why? How could they get it so wrong? The script based on some novel is very unengaging story with the overrated David Wenham in the lead role. I like David as Johnny Spitari in "Getting Square" and thought he was great in "The Boys" but oddly in "Three Dollars" we have a film that goes nowhere. Each scene in the film should earn it's keep and offer some insight into the character's dilemma. What we get instead is a shuffled deck of scenes that in the end explain nothing and fail to offer any genuine insight. We have Wenham as a chemical scientist checking poisoned land. Does this story arc ever get resolved? So many loose ends...I thought filmmakers were story-tellers. The film never really starts until two thirds of the story is over by then I've lost interest and wandered off for another beer. Stuff like this is a worry for the Australian Film Industry.
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