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The Sum of Us (1994)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 March 1995 (USA)
A widowed father has to deal with two complex issues: while he is searching for "Miss Right," his son, who is in his 20s and gay, is searching for "Mr. Right."

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Mitchell
... Jeff Mitchell
... Greg
... Joyce Johnson
Joss Moroney ... Young Jeff
Mitch Mathews ... Gran
Julie Herbert ... Mary
Des James ... Football Coach
Mick Campbell ... Footballer
Donny Muntz ... Ferry Captain
Jan Adele ... Barmaid
... Jenny Johnson
Lola Nixon ... Desiree
Sally Cahill ... Greg's Mother
... Greg's Father
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Set in Sydney, Australia. A (heterosexual) father and his gay son are trying to find Ms/Mr Right respectively. The film shows their relationships with one another and the objects of their affection as tradgedy strikes. There is no overt 'message' in the film, just a very natural, entertaining story-telling. Written by Fred Curtis <fred@cs.su.oz.au>

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How's a guy supposed to find Mr. Right when his dad won't stop trying to help? See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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8 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Summe der Gefühle  »

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Budget:

AUD 3,465,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$766,000, 16 March 2015

Gross USA:

$2,510,448, 30 June 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,530,888, 1 July 1996
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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Harry Mitchell: Your grandmother said that to me once. 'The greatest explorers', she said, 'are the explorers of the human heart'.
Jeff Mitchell: Is that why she became a dyke?
Harry Mitchell: Your grandmother was not a dyke!
Jeff Mitchell: She was licking Aunt Mary's pussy for forty years, what else do you call it?
Harry Mitchell: She was not a dyke! A lesbian, perhaps... You shouldn't call her names! How would you like it if I went around and called you 'pansy', 'fairy', 'poofter'?
Jeff Mitchell: You do half the time!
Harry Mitchell: Only when I'm annoyed with you!
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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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I've Learned to Cope
Written by Maxwell, Ferris, Russell
Performed by Bass Culture
Courtesy of Mushroom Records
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Squirrelly, sensitive film
25 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

The approach taken to this gay-themed light-drama is so low-keyed and matter-of-fact, it makes the whole idea of homosexuality seem rather staid. And that's a nice change of pace, although it's not exactly invigorating for the picture! Young gay Australian plumber lives with his widower dad; they both want a serious commitment with a special someone, and both find the path to romance rather rocky, but dad is fully committed to seeing that his "poof" son finds a partner who won't break his heart. It's based on a play, with the two leads occasionally speaking into the camera--yet this is an idea that isn't intrusive or unpleasant. Just the opposite: the film is so good-hearted that it borders on bland. The most surprising thing you can say about it is not the (discreet) man-on-man make-out scenes, but rather the fact it's Russell Crowe acting in them. Crowe, young but not green, is very affable in this movie, shy and sweet and tender, however it's raffish Jack Thompson as his papa who steals the scenes. **1/2 from ****


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