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Sven, the average Swedish guy, bored with his life, decides to go to Thailand to write a novel and "get away from the rat race". He meets a range of peculiar characters and learns a few things about love, friendship and himself.
There isn't really much of anything to this movie. It reminded me of the sort of made-for-TV movies that used to be featured on the Hallmark Hall of Fame years ago. It's a touching story of twin brothers who want to break into professional baseball. But baseball is not the focus of this movie. Rather, it's their relationship with their alcoholic father, who, when he isn't spending money on alcohol, is losing it at cards.
Not an angry drunk, just a sad one.
There just isn't much of anything to this movie. The script is flat, so there isn't much in the way of opportunities to act. Other than Ed Harris, I don't know if any of the other actors could act if they had been called upon to do so. They weren't, so I can't say.
The one thing I found strange was the homoerotic undertone of much of the movie. Maybe they were just aiming at a teenage girl market - though I can't see how; women play no important part in this picture - but there were a lot of scenes of the two leads, young men with athletic torsos, without their shirts on. Sometimes, when they got angry, they fought or wrestled. One of the two had no interest in women at all, the other only a passing interest in his seldom-seen girlfriend. But I don't think the movie was made for a gay market either.
Actually, I'm not sure what sort of audience it was made for. Certainly not an audience interested in baseball.
And that's about all I can think to say about this movie. I can't think whom I could recommend it to.
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