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A groom and his three best men travel to the Australian outback for a wedding. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Laura Brent ... Mia

Xavier Samuel ... David Locking

Kris Marshall ... Tom

Kevin Bishop ... Graham

Tim Draxl ... Luke
Solveig Walking ... Coconut Mist Girl

David Sullivan ... Airport VIP Security

Elizabeth Debicki ... Maureen

Olivia Newton-John ... Barbara

Rebel Wilson ... Daphne
Jonathan Biggins ... Jim
Oliver Torr ... Kal

Steve Le Marquand ... Ray
Angela Bishop ... Channel Ten Reporter
Alan Cinis ... Eddie Marshall
Kim Knuckey ... Commissioner Leo

Guy Gross ... Yanni the New Age Harpist

Margaux Harris ... Bridesmaid 1
Charlotte Krinks ... Bridesmaid 2
Phillip Scott ... Celebrant Robin Arthur

Ben Heber ... Car Tumble Waiter (as Ben Herber)
Kate Southam ... Wedding Guest (as Catherine Southam)
Lauren Cassidy ... Band
Alvin Ash ... Band
Dean Thompson ... Band
David Grassi ... Band
Nic Campbell ... Band
Shane Bennett ... Scared Man
Tom Usher ... First Child at Wedding
Jesse Creighton ... Second Child at Wedding
Joseph D. Kucan ... Big Issue seller (as Joe Kucan)
Stephan Elliott ... Tie Guy
Foxy ... Security Dog at Airport
Waffles the Pug ... Killer Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matt Butcher ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Nicky Kurta ... Wedding Singer (singing voice) (uncredited)

Rachel Myskiv ... Waiter at the Wedding (uncredited)

Geordie Robinson ... Pap (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephan Elliott 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dean Craig 

Produced by
Antonia Barnard .... producer
Dean Craig .... executive producer
Todd Fellman .... executive producer
Gary Hamilton .... producer
Josh Kesselman .... executive producer
Laurence Malkin .... producer
Share Stallings .... producer
James M. Vernon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Guy Gross 
Cinematography by
Stephen F. Windon 
Film Editing by
Sue Blainey 
Casting by
Christine King 
Production Design by
George Liddle 
Art Direction by
Hugh Bateup 
Set Decoration by
Rebecca Cohen 
Costume Design by
Lizzy Gardiner 
Production Management
Colleen Clarke .... post-production supervisor
Esther Rodewald .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Deb Antoniou .... first assistant director
Samantha Smith .... second assistant director
Christopher Turner .... third assistant director (as Chris Turner)
Art Department
Jamie Cranney .... art department attachment
Dane Hallett .... props
Brooke Morris .... props buyer/set dresser
Robina Osborne .... art department coordinator
Katie Sharrock .... senior buyer/dresser
Kitty Taube .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Justine Angus .... adr editor
Glenn Butler .... re-recording engineer
Linda Campbell .... assistant sound editor
Nigel Christensen .... adr editor
Peter Climpson .... mix assistant
Gethin Creagh .... sound re-recording mixer
Les Fiddess .... foley artist
Sam Hayward .... re-recording mixer
Nick Kray .... adr mixer
Bronwyn Murphy .... dialogue editor
Martin Oswin .... foley mixer
Patrick Owen .... sound recordist: UK shoot
Missi Mel Pesa .... sound utility (as Mel Pesa)
Andrew Plain .... supervising sound editor
William Ward .... sound effects editor
Megan Wedge .... atmos editor
Visual Effects by
Troy Darben .... digital compositor
Ian Dodman .... digital effects supervisor
Brad Dunn .... digital compositor
Rebecca Dunn .... visual effects producer
Laurie Hughes .... visual effects editor
Danny Janevski .... digital matte painter (as Danny Janveski)
Helen Kok .... visual effects coordinator
Helen Kok .... visual effects producer
Konstantin Kovalenko .... visual effects artist
Demis Lyall-Wilson .... digital compositor
Blake Muir .... digital compositor
Jongsu Oh .... visual effects artist
Sebastian Ravagnani .... visual effects
James Rogers .... visual effects supervisor
Robert Stollar .... visual effects artist
Takahiro Suzuki .... digital compositor
Randy Vellacott .... digital compositor
Rakitha Vithanage .... cg artist
Harry Dakanalis .... stunt coordinator
Brian Grogan .... stunt performer: stunts
Ingrid Kleinig .... stunt double: Laura Brent
Ingrid Kleinig .... stunt rigger
Stephen Murdoch .... stunt performer
Sharelle Starr .... stunt double
Leon Stripp .... stunt performer
Ben Toyer .... stunt double: Xavier Samuel
Connor Van Vuuren .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Alberry .... data manager
Simon Cardwell .... additional still photographer
Mark Clayton .... gaffer: uk
Inaki DeUbago .... second assistant camera
Karl Engeler .... gaffer
Danny Gagatt .... first assistant camera: UK
Mark Jefferies .... rigging gaffer
David Knight .... additional cinematographer
David Knight .... aerial cinematographer
Lee Mariano .... second assistant camera
Tony Mott .... still photographer
David Nichols .... key grip
John Paxton .... second assistant camera: UK
Matthew Temple .... camera operator
Matthew Temple .... steadicam operator
Matt Toll .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Casting Department
Gary Davy .... casting: uk
Hollie Lee .... extras casting (as Hollie Meyer)
Anne McCarthy .... casting: USA
David Newman .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dannielle Alexander .... additional costume stand-by
Sarah Brest .... assistant standby wardrobe
Mel Dykes .... costume supervisor
Jamella Hassan .... key costume standby
Olivia Simpson .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Olivier Fontenay .... colorist
Matthew T. Griffin .... digital intermediate editor
Katherine Heads .... digital intermediate producer
Laurie Hughes .... first assistant editor
Katie Kabala .... post-production assistant
Matthew M. North .... digital intermediate supervisor
Music Department
Adrian Bendt .... violin
Daniel Brown .... score engineer
Jess Ciampa .... percussion
Damian De Boos-Smith .... musician: Guitar, ukulele, banjo, cello
Michelle De Vries .... music supervisor
Jenny Duck Chong .... mezzo-soprano
Jon Elms .... vocals
James Ezra .... music recordist
Jason Fernandez .... music editor
Jason Fernandez .... music programmer
Guy Gross .... music producer
Anthony Kable .... trombone
Nicky Kurta .... vocals
Paul Panichi .... Trumpet
Tim Ryan .... score mixer
Adam Sofo .... keyboards
Mark Taylor .... saxophone
Transportation Department
Alistair Jamieson .... production driver
Other crew
Tere Alexeeff .... armourer on set
Jesica A. Andres .... international coordinator
James Chappell .... directors attachment
Tony Garland .... armourer senior
Katie Harris .... unit nurse
Fergus Haycock .... production executive
Sheridan Jobbins .... consultant
Jules T-Smith .... producer: London (as Jules Smith)
Oscar Knott .... assistant to AD
Oscar Knott .... stand-in
Tu Nhi Lam .... assistant accountant
Catherine Lavelle .... publicist
Reza Mokhtar .... caterer
Kylie Muller .... production accountant
Melinda Mutton .... location coordinator
Claire Pearson .... production runner: uk
Adam Signorelli .... production runner
Shay Spencer .... producer attachment
Anna Steel .... production coordinator
Gary Ticehurst .... helicopter pilot
Danny Vigar .... production runner: uk
Kristin Witcombe .... script supervisor
Kok-yee Yau .... production executive
Miron Ashkenazy .... special thanks
Brian Beckmann .... special thanks

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Did You Know?

Director Stephan Elliott is most well known for his comedy The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) which was one of two Australian hit comedies in 1994, along with Muriel's Wedding (1994), ironically, also a wedding comedy like A Few Best Men (2011).See more »
Graham:I'm not sticking my hand up anything's arse!See more »
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: A Few Best Men, 12 June 2012
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

You meet the girl of your dreams, and with the feeling being mutual, decide to fast track the romance into marriage. It's one of the big decisions in life, and so you engage some help from your pals, who happen to be some of the most disorganized bunch ever, unintentionally lining up what would be one of life's most memorable events with a series of mishaps and accidents that are just waiting to happen, from run ins with drug dealers, abuse of drugs and drink, and an animal featured somewhere as well. No this is not The Hangover films, although at first glance A Few Best Men may seem to tread on similar territory.

Unlike the American films that focus on extreme shenanigans, A Few Best Men may deal with similar wedding blues in comedic fashion, but was rather a bit more restrained in its grossness, although toilet humour is something staple that is never too far away and utilized when there's a need to for maximum effect. This Australian production follows a more British route with witty repartee, and quirky, zany characters peppering the landscape, with probably the only sane people in the entire film being the groom David (Xavier Samuel) and his bride Mia (Laura Brent).

The titular characters refer to David's best mates Tom (Kris Marshall) who's usually the catalyst of problems with his indifferent attitude, Graham (Kevin Bishop) the somewhat dim witted follower, and Luke (Tim Draxi) who still can't get over the break up with his ex. Together they lend support to David as his best men for his wedding, making that round the world trip from England to Australia. Mia on the other hand comes from a political family, with a senator for a dad in Jim (Jonathan Biggins) whose more than proud to turn his daughter's wedding into political gain, wife Barbara (Olivia Newton-John, probably the largest name in this ensemble), and sister Daphne (Rebel Wilson last seen in What To Expect When You're Expecting). With worlds so different colliding together, sparks fly in similar, slowly but surely fashion to Meet the Fockers, with a scene being somewhat of a lift off The Hangover when the stag's night out turned into one big blur.

A Few Best Men sees the long awaited return by director Stephan Elliott, who did the acclaimed Priscilla Queen of the Desert. And I have to admit unabashedly that I'm somewhat of a fan of writer Dean Craig's work, after what he did with Death at a Funeral, dealing with something similar with family and friends' shenanigans standing out during life's ceremonies, and in a way this film seemed like a spiritual companion to his earlier work for the way it encompassed rip tickling moments over one of life's major rituals. It's basically Murphy's Law put on display here, with everything that can go wrong actually do go wrong, with a couple of surprise (some may argue convenient) twists thrown in for good measure.

The soundtrack is also noteworthy in the film, consisting of mostly evergreens and oldies from the 60s and 70s, and having Olivia Newton-John lend her vocals as well. In fact, her character becomes what would be the live wire of the film as it wore on, together with Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop drawing the loudest of laughs thanks to their subplot involving their quest for weed from which everything got intricately tied to no thanks to their being stuck with contraband drugs, and being quite inept in helping the groom settle and solve the mess they got everyone into.

If one is game for ensemble films and buddy type ones where the inevitably lessons extracted will be themes on brotherhood, friendship and family, with lots of laughs thrown in from good measure, then A Few Best Men would be your choice this week during the summer season breather in between blockbusters hitting the cinemas. Highly recommended!

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