Doug (Rhys Darby) thinks he has the perfect life and is stunned when long term girlfriend Susan (Faye Smythe) dumps him. He finds an injured duck and reluctantly decides to nurse it better ... See full summary »
Doug (Rhys Darby) thinks he has the perfect life and is stunned when long term girlfriend Susan (Faye Smythe) dumps him. He finds an injured duck and reluctantly decides to nurse it better until such time as a new home can be found for it. The task gives him new found motivation and propels Doug into a journey of self discovery, where he meets veterinarian Holly (Sally Hawkins). Will the duck ever fly again? and will Doug find his perfect life? Written by
A warm, funny and surprisingly good movie from New Zealand
I just saw this film and have to say that i was surprised and warmed by the kind of films they are making in New Zealand.
As a European i had no idea what to expect (from New Zealand) coming into the film. Its not perfect, but in the end i didn't care, for i laughed, had a tear in my eye at times and had an all round good time.
The performances are strong from both Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby and up and coming English star Sally Hawkins, as well as strong back up performances from Emily Barclay and veteran Aussie Bryan Brown.
The real treat however for music lovers is the soundtrack provided courtesy of rock legends Queen. There was around 9 or 10 of Queen's greatest tracks in the film including 'Somebody to Love', 'Bicycle Race', 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'.
As i said, its not perfect. But you know what, you wont care. Its just a good old fashioned movie of the type that we need more of.
Overall this is a very sweet film with a difference and shows that New Zealand cinema is unique, alive and well.
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