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I enjoy a good romantic comedy once on a while.
The Australian film industry hasn't done much to make a genuine, funny or exceptional film in the genre, example, "I Love You Too" and "Any Questions For Ben".
But hearing good things about this film drew me to it, and as a romantic comedy or not it works. Its the third film Ryan Kwantan has made in Australia for three years now (after Red Hill and Griff The Invisible). Its the debut feature for Oscar nominated director Peter Templeman.
The Story is about a playboy; Jonah(Ryan Kwantan) who finds out on unusual circumstances that he has testicular cancer, This means he's unable to father children properly after surgery. So when his sperm sample fails to freeze he decides he quickly needs to have a child in 4 weeks before he can have surgery.
Kwantan will always seem to entertain me on any level throughout his career. But I must mention actress Sarah Snook really steals the show here proving she's someone to have a high profile in the future. The film is actually really funny and charming and will be able to beat any Rom Com I'll see for a while. The rest of the cast is really good along with the character development and smart script. Its one film I do highly recommend people to see, You'll get what you want!
'Not Suitable For Children' is not what you expect but it's what you need to see. Filmed in a party atmosphere of young abandon, a serious question is treated with life-affirming humor and served up on a plate of romance by two very good friends. Michael Lucas writes what he knows by taking a taboo subject and treating it with a fresh and compassionate honesty, rooted in the hedonistic universe of youth. His script shines with experience, knowledge and unlike many Aussie scripts was obviously given time to stew until it developed the perfect flavor. Under Peter Templeton direction the film feels very contemporary - Young Australia without a single koala - full of life as they know it in a Sydney polished with affection. The affection is what struck this writer. The director made smart, funny, caring, gutsy, real and tender choices which hit their mark, every time. Each of the cast carry their weight perfectly, especially Ryan Kwanten, Sarah Snook and Ryan Corr. Their total commitment to and trust in their director and writer was obvious and much appreciated although it looks like they're just having a party - perhaps they were.
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20-something Jonah (played by Ryan Kwanten) is a self-described
"f$%*stick". Stevie (played by Sarah Snook who is being described by
several critics as Australia's answer to Emma Stone) is the cynical
best friend while Gus (Ryan Corr) is the clueless other best friend.
Jonah discovers a lump in his nether regions during sex and after a visit to the doctor, is told that he has testicular cancer. Treatment for which will leave him infertile. This turns his whole carefree, in the moment, partying world upside down and leaves him considering whether he really wants a baby or not. The catch is he only has a matter of weeks before the operation.
Feeling like his future has been snatched from him, he goes through his list of ex's and humorously tries to convince them to be the mother of his unborn child. Stevie and Gus are both supportive but concerned about the lengths that Jonah is going to in his insane quest over this newfound dream of being a father. Covering some truths of conceiving and cancer, this film doesn't stray too far from the beaten track. There are moments of great and awkward comedy, especially played out by Gus who seems to forever linger a bit too much while not having a clue what's happening around him.
The success lies in the chemistry between the friends, mainly Jonah and Stevie. Stevie thrives in this with the moments between her and Jonah feeling natural and real, rather than a forced progression in the story.
The dialogue is unassuming but still effective and Sarah Snook and Ryan Kwanten show the complexities of each seemingly simple moment.
Fun fact: Sarah Snook was one of a handful of finalists to play Lisbeth Salander in the 2011 Girl with a Dragon Tattoo.
Despite how basic this movie may sound, it's definitely worth the watch as you travel with the main characters discovering themselves.
I basically liked the story. Short and very precise. Gistful with some wonderfully enacted 'awkward moments'. Entertaining as a whole. Not to forget the sensual scenes. The movie starts with a party, and then another party, and then another. I mean what better job than arranging parties and enjoying them. The female lead acted very well. She looked gorgeous too. The best part is that it's not some American cooked up XX movie with prom night( or stuff like that ) rather it has a story and delivers the message very profoundly. Somewhat on the same lines is an Bollywood movie named 'Vicky Donor'. It is great too; just in Hindi language. Go for it. Definitely not for children. Not for geeks (Dhiraj) as well. Enjoy
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Jonah (Ryan Kwanten) lives with his housemates Gus (Ryan Corr) and
Stevie (Sarah Snook) and enjoys hosting parties. One night Jonah
discovers something is wrong with his body and is taken to hospital. He
is told that he has testicular cancer. He only has a limited amount of
time before he will be operated on and won't be able to conceive
children. Driven into a panic because of the uncertainty of his future,
he attempts to call up as many of his exes as possible to see if they
will conceive a child with him. Both his housemates are gradually drawn
into this mess as they try and warn people about Jonah's mindset.
Stevie is roped in the deepest as she reluctantly has to ask someone at
work if they will be able to help Jonah.
Not Suitable For Children, a delightful Australian film, is miles away from the local comedies produced in the early noughties. The earliest part of the decade was a major setback for Australian cinema, as the numerous comedies produced were idiotic and unfunny. Last year Red Dog was released and people went in droves to watch a film that was clever, funny and accessible. This film deserves the same response. It is one of the most entertaining local films I have seen in several seasons. There's utter professionalism about director Peter Templeman's work here. Photographed around Newtown in all her glory, the film is shot with utter clarity and precision. There's such detail and verisimilitude in the photography that we recognise this as a world that is familiar and continually vibrant. Thematically, that's important because it shows how the world is perpetual, refusing to slow for the characters in the story. This energised world is most evident in an early party scene, where Jonah moves aimlessly between people, connectionless. This also feeds into the idea of the uncertainty of adult life as you solely drift between stages, with no one waiting for you on either side. This concept of belated maturity rests steadily on an original premise and a pitch perfect understanding of comedy. The film might be about testicular cancer but the brand of comedy is low-key, observational and subtly drawn. The script and performances opt not for the cheap laughs or gross-out gags but to provide the audience with enough time and space to think for themselves.
Take a scene where Jonah and Stevie talk to a lesbian couple about conceiving a baby. One of the women is attractive to Jonah, the other is clearly not. Listen to how loaded Jonah's dialogue is when he asks which one will be carrying the baby. We have a situation grounded in reality, as all good comedy should be, and what Jonah says is the punch line. The straight-faced comedy is further complimented by Stevie's confused facial expressions, making it a hysterical scene. The humour is masterfully controlled and I enjoyed the film a lot for that reason and laughed aplenty. Adding sophistication and humanity to the rest of the film are the performances. Kwanten is in fine touch as the dopey and spaced-out Jonah and Ryan Corr (Coby from Packed to the Rafters) provides wonderful moments of pure comic timing. Yet Sarah Snook as Stevie (who looks not unlike Emma Stone) gives a star-making performance, bringing genuine feeling and plausible motivations to the narrative. She's caught between her work life and a friend in need, meaning that there's a frustrating inseparability between those once neatly divided identities. If there is some degree of predictability about the narrative and the relationships, it doesn't matter because there's tension and humour that makes it feel involving and anew again. I think if this film attracts audiences like it should it will speak to the young adult generation as profoundly as modern films like Garden State (2004) have.
Jonah (played by Ryan Kwanten) is a young, carefree playboy. Then he
learns that he has one month until he becomes infertile. This makes
Jonah want to have children, with time of the essence.
Sweet, quirky movie. Fairly original plot with realistic and interesting human drama. Good ending, though it is a touch predictable. Not very profound, but its the journey, not the destination, that matters.
Good performances from Ryan Kwanten (of True Blood fame) and Sarah Snook in the lead roles.
Great soundtrack, predominantly by the Black Keys.
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Well, I'm a 22 year old dude who really want to be a dad in a near future, so "Not Suitable For Me"'s main storyline felt quite suitable for me. Jonah is a relatively shy guy that finds out a testicle cancer, which gives him only three weeks to copulate with someone. That being said, you can imagine the problems he faces whilst trying to find anyone to be a mother. The plot is good because it has an original idea and some embarrassing moments, which is what makes this movie occasionally funny. The fun used in here isn't the laughable one, with nice jokes; the comedy is built by embarrassing situations that main characters get into. For instance, the lesbian couple scene: Jonah wants to know which of the girls he would have to have sex with, given that there is a hot one and the ugly, and instead of just asking, as he wished, he had to elaborate this question without mentioning the word 'sex'. That was a funny moment because, as a guy, it feels easy to understand what he was passing into. The quick moments involving Gus, the ingenuous housemate who wasn't able to see the couple getting along, are also funny. There are some sexy moments involving Ryan Kwanten and Sarah Snook, and I'm convinced that's why this film is R rated. Also, I wouldn't ever imagine that Kwanten was Australian; in my mind, he was just a regular American actor. It's just a shame that filmmakers didn't even approach the adoption subject, which would be quite useful, considering the number of orphan children we have all around the world. I state in advance that the ending won't be anything remarkable, as the movie also isn't, but the film as a whole is very recommended for young guys who care about this subject.
AFG!!.. this film sets the bar high. There's several very good reasons why this romantic comedy is as totally enjoyable as it is... Sarah Snook.. bit.ly/134TuuA ..a rising star... and Ryan Kwanten. They are both such great actors, there are little subtle inflections and mannerisms that just cannot be taught or directed, but are the essence of a well acted performance... and in addition, they are just so well paired in this film (it's hoped they soon get together again). Working with an enormously entertaining script, you WILL laugh!! And their love-making scenes are just so totally natural and sincere. Numerous rom-com's don't come anywhere near close to being worthwhile viewing as this one. Not usually mentioned, kudos to the outstanding camera and editing crews, their exceptional work in this instance is impossible to ignore, and when its this good it makes the entire film feel totally alive. And WTF!.. its got one really choice ending.. (final ten minutes, her eyes say it all). So do yourself a huge favor, and give it a try, even though you might not be totally into the RC genre. This is a movie for adults of all ages... and btw, listening carefully, it has one of the best accompanying soundtracks in films. PS...don't wait too long before watching it again, then you'll fully come to appreciate what a truly marvelous production it is.
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I really enjoyed the movie; I think it provided an honest look at
someone in their early 20's living life, thinking they have an eternity
ahead of them to do whatever they want and as such they spend their
current life having parties, drinking, doing drugs (which I don't
condone) and just "exploring" life.
When Jonah (the male lead) is given the devastating news about not being able to have children after his chemo treatment, he literally finds out that he has just a few weeks to plan for his future. I can relate to this situation and I think a lot of people can. I am a single mother of a 17 year old and am only 37 years old and am at the crossroads where my son will be out of the house potentially in a year and I have only a few years left to decide if I would want to do it all over again. We only get so much time in this life whether it's only a few weeks or 20 years when we're healthy and young enough to have children and there is always that nagging feeling that if we wait or don't have kids, we'll regret it when it's no longer an option.
The awkwardness between Jonah and Stevie (Female lead) during the initial sex scene was very believable and I appreciated watching their comfort level change and grow into something more intimate. Not very movies make me want to watch them again and again, but I gave this one a 10 because I honestly would watch it again and again.
'Not Suitable for Children' is about an amiable slacker who discovers he has testicular cancer (it's a comedy, in case that's not obvious) and will be infertile in a matter of weeks. He sets about trying to convince his many former sexual partners to have a baby with him. None of them agree - presumably they don't want a baby by someone who possesses such a questionable taste in hats - but meanwhile, his best friend decides, after holding a baby - just once - that she would like to be a mother. I don't think either of them would be very good parents! Ryan Kwanten is appealing as the slacker; Sarah Snook, playing his best friend, looks very much like Australia's then-Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. It certainly won't tax the viewer's little grey cells (so that'll be the audience and the scriptwriter, then), but it's an amusing and entertaining film.
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