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Criminal Ways (2003)

The Wannabes (original title)
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The world's worst actor Danny, meets the world's worst crook Marcus and their lives are changed forever...

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Nick Giannopoulos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Giannopoulos ... Danny
Russell Dykstra ... Marcus
Isla Fisher ... Kirsty
Michael Carman Michael Carman ... Jimmy King
Lena Cruz ... Aurora 'Rory' Van Dyke
Tony Nikolakopoulos Tony Nikolakopoulos ... Stewie
Costas Kilias ... Adrian
Ryan Johnson ... Hammer
Chantal Contouri ... Sally
Nicholas Fleming Nicholas Fleming ... Oliver
Jemma Rivera ... Lita (as Jemma Rivera Wilks)
Terry Gill Terry Gill ... Barney the Bear
David Watson David Watson ... Granville Van Dyke
Felix Williamson ... Bill Gennaro
Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie ... Elvis Elvis
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The world's worst actor Danny, meets the world's worst crook Marcus and their lives are changed forever...

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scantily clad female | See All (1) »

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Kid's entertainment, it's criminal.

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Comedy

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Criminal Ways See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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$468,847 (Australia), 26 September 2003, Limited Release
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Aurora 'Rory' Van Dyke: [after getting caught on "Alone With An Old Bag"] I can explain
Granville Van Dyke: I'd prefer that you didn't. I could never understand a darn thing you said anyway
Aurora 'Rory' Van Dyke: [speaks gibberish]
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Film Victoria - who gave the go ahead to fund this?
12 August 2005 | by michael-245See all my reviews

There are a lot of awful films made around the world this year. In 2003, "The Wannabes" stands shoulder to shoulder with the worst.

A pathetic film that tried to cover too many comedy concepts and failed through all of them.

"Angry" would be the emotion I felt after seeing this film. Why? Because Film Victoria was a financial backer of this film, so, as an Australian taxpayer, I have contributed money to rubbish.

A glance of the cover of "The Wannabes" in the video store was enough to confirm this film would be rubbish. I wasn't so stupid to actually hire it, but did waste two hours of my life watching it on free to air TV.

While Nick Giannopoulos and his friends proved successful in Melbourne with theatre such as "Wogs Out of Work" and the TV series "Acropolis Now", the idea has well and truly run out of steam. And yet Giannopoulos continues to peddle the same concepts in production after production.

Film Victoria, the Film Finance Corporation and any other Australian film funding body would be highly irresponsible to finance any more projects by this production team.

In fact, I've just emailed the Melbourne Film Office with "do not finance" plea to any further Nick Giannopoulos projects. I urge you to do the same.

The only positive thing about this film is that it did employ a production crew, so kept food on the table for a couple of dozen Victorians. Perhaps that was the basis for the MFO giving it the funding go ahead. But, it probably made those crew make mental notes to never produce a lame film like this themselves.

Can I be any more frank? I think the only amusing thing about this film is reading the scathing reviews on IMDb about it.


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