The Family Law unfolds in the dysfunctional world of one Chinese-Australian family - as seen through the eyes of 14 year-old Benjamin Law. As Benjamin dreams of soap opera stardom, his ... See full summary »
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 Benjamin Law (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Jenny Law (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Danny Law (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Candy Law (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Andrew Law (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Michelle Law (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Melissa (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Heidi Thomson (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Wayne (5 episodes, 2016)
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 Klaus Thomson (4 episodes, 2016)
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 Aunty Daisy (4 episodes, 2016)
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 Maisy (4 episodes, 2016)
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The Family Law unfolds in the dysfunctional world of one Chinese-Australian family - as seen through the eyes of 14 year-old Benjamin Law. As Benjamin dreams of soap opera stardom, his parents contemplate separation. Over the course of one long, hot Queensland summer, the self-absorbed clarinet-playing teenager increasingly finds himself embroiled in other people's dramas.

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A Good Idea, Poorly realised
29 February 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There was every reason to be optimistic about this series. The concept of a Chinese family in Australia, facing the same problems as any other family, could have demystified the cultural differences. The problems started with casting and acting standards. It is a two-edged sword: cast an Australian-born Chinese and you just get an Australian with an Asian face, thus lessening the effect of culture. Choose a Chinese-born actor and you get someone who is trying to act in their second (or third) language, unable to express the nuances of the words. The scripts were good, except for the embarrassing sexual references. There was a hint that Benjamin is "gay" but perhaps we will have to wait for another season to see if that line is followed. There were anomalies aplenty. Why, for example, would two women who are old friends speak to each other in English when both have difficulty with the language? Subtitles were used elsewhere; why not for that scene? Talking of subtitles, there is not much point having white printing on a white background. There were promising sub-plots but others reminded me of Alf Garnet / Archie Bunker and many other politically correct anti-racists shows. In summary, this show suffered from poor production standards.


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