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The Wog Boy (2000)

Steve liked Celia from the moment they met. But following a clash with her boss, Raelene Beagle-Thorpe, Minister for employment, he finds himself on national television branded as ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Giannopoulos ... Steve Karamitsis / Mr. Karamitsis / Mrs. Karamitsis
Lucy Bell ... Celia O'Brien
Vince Colosimo ... Frank
Geraldine Turner Geraldine Turner ... Raelene Beagle-Thorpe
Abi Tucker ... Annie O'Brien
John Barresi John Barresi ... Domenic
Stephen Curry ... Nathan
Costas Kilias ... Tony the Yugoslav
Tony Nikolakopoulos Tony Nikolakopoulos ... Theo
Vince D'Amico Vince D'Amico ... Mario
Peter Hosking ... Bazza
Lucy Taylor ... Shazza
Trent Huen Trent Huen ... Van
Hung Le Hung Le ... Tran
Vincent Gara Vincent Gara ... Young Steve
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Steve liked Celia from the moment they met. But following a clash with her boss, Raelene Beagle-Thorpe, Minister for employment, he finds himself on national television branded as Australia's biggest dole bludger. Now Steve has to prove to Celia, to himself, and to the whole country, that there's more to him than meets the eye. With a little help from his friends, he might just do it. As long as he can keep his best friend Frank away for Annie, Celia's little sister... and protect Frank's cousin Dom, from Tony, the insane local crime lord to whom Dom owes money... and prevent Theo, and enterprising neighbour, from throwing himself in front of a car to collect insurance. Mate there's just got to be an easier way to meet chicks. Written by Peter

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Every wog has his day.

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wogboy See more »

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Budget:

AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Cinevex)
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Goofs

When the Department of Employment supervisor stamps the benefit form 'SUSPENDED" and hands it back to Steve, although it is shown upside down, the name at the top-right of the form is not Steve's but his friend Theo's (most noticeable in the remastered widescreen version). See more »

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Nathan: I believe that you are what you eat and by tomorrow I plan to be you.
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Referenced in Fat Pizza vs. Housos (2014) See more »

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La Rejoussance
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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Energetic but not enough to cover the lack of consistent laughs
27 July 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Steve is a Greek man living in Australia since his family emigrated there many years prior. Since being teased as a `Wog Boy' in school, he has decided to live a Wog boy and be proud of his heritage. A run in with the Minister for Education sees him portrayed on tv as a dole sponger, however, when he goes on the show to defend himself he comes off the better and becomes famous. The Minister employs Steve to help develop new policies on unemployment, but is that all she is after?

I was drawn to the film by the unusual title – it is not often you see a film that has a racist term in the title, and I assumed I could get all worked up about it in a Daily Mail type of way. Sadly for my middle-class rage, this film has so much self mocking energy that it is impossible to be offended by it. The downside of all this energy is that it doesn't manage to cover the fact that the film itself isn't actually very funny. The plot is, well, pointless, which leaves it only with ethnic stereotypes from which to draw it's humour.

These stereotypes are actually pretty funny at times, but I suggest this film will generally appeal to those who identified with My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Outside of these the film has little to do and fills it's time with shouting and hand waving to keep the energy high. I enjoyed watching it as I was coming off a bad day of food poisoning and needed something silly and energetic to raise my spirits but I must admit that I did notice that I wasn't actually laughing very much at all.

The cast are pretty good I guess, despite all being cartoon characters in one way or another. Giannopoulos is enjoyable as Steve and seems natural in the role, a side effect of writing it I suppose, but most of the rest fall into one ethnic stereotype or another.

Overall this has energy and is silly if that is what you want. If you have a background similar to these characters then you may get more from it. But it is hard not to notice just how few actual laughs there are in the 90 minutes.


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