Naming Number Two (2006)
"No. 2" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  16 February 2006 (New Zealand)
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A matriarch organizes a feast with her family, in which she will name her successor.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nanna Maria
Mia Blake ...
Miriama McDowell ...
Taungaroa Emile ...
Danish Maria
Tanea Heke ...
Aunty Cat
Nathaniel Lees ...
Uncle John
Pio Terei ...
Uncle Percy
Brandon Lakshman ...
Tayla-Lee Griffin ...


Living in Mt. Roskill, Auckland, Nana Maria struggles to get her grandchildren together for a traditional Fijian feast in which she means to name her successor as Matriarch. Film runs over about a 18 hour or so period of time. Written by

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, language, sensuality, brief violence and smoking | See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 February 2006 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Naming Number Two  »

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Box Office


NZD 4,324,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,073 (New Zealand) (10 March 2006)


$370,544 (New Zealand) (10 March 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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from Cavalleria Rusticana
Written by Pietro Mascagni
Performed by Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
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Brilliant, funny, and tender. A must see
21 June 2007 | by (Athens, GA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was back home in New Zealand last year and adored it. It's a wonderful little film that shows how people actually live in New Zealand - not out roaming the countryside, mostly, but in big diverse cities like Auckland, where No. 2 is set.

Although the movie is set in New Zealand however, the theme of passing the torch to a younger generation is pretty universal - and anyone who's ever lived in a tourist destination country will appreciate quips, such as the tourist whose sole purpose in coming to New Zealand is to see "Mt. Doom".

The characters are fully formed, and the acting is excellent. Ruby Dee as Nana Maria and Taungaroa Emile as Soul particularly stand out. I think the main thing I appreciated about this film was the humour, I haven't laughed so hard at a film in a long time.

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