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The Illustrated Family Doctor (2005)

"The Illustrated Family Doctor" is a dark comedy, that centres on the story of Gary Kelp, a young man who condenses reference books for a company called the Info Digest.


Kriv Stenders


Kriv Stenders (screenplay), David Snell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel Johnson ... Gary Kelp
Colin Friels ... Ray Gill
Jessica Napier ... Christine
Sacha Horler ... Carol Kelp
Kestie Morassi ... Jennifer
Brian Meegan ... Bob Boundary
Paul Sonkkila ... Snapper Thompson
Sarah Pierse Sarah Pierse ... Gary's Mum
Jason Gann ... Carl Lucas
William Zappa ... Adrian Kelp
Emma Randall ... Clarice Stoker
Andrew Ausage Andrew Ausage ... Morgue Orderly
Beth Armstrong ... Matronly Woman
Helmut Bakaitis ... John
Niki Owen Niki Owen ... Barmaid
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"The Illustrated Family Doctor" is a dark comedy, that centres on the story of Gary Kelp, a young man who condenses reference books for a company called the Info Digest. The film begins with the death of Gary's, and with Gary having to start work on condensing a home medical journal called The Illustrated Family Doctor. The deeper Gary gets into condensing the journal, the more he starts to question his job, his life and everything around him. Then, mysteriously, he begins to take on the symptoms from the book and slowly his life starts to fall apart around him in comically tragic ways. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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Original idea but expected more
28 October 2006 | by bittersweet_smilerSee all my reviews

I intended to see this movie at the cinemas but it was gone within 2 weeks and when it finally came on Foxtel I wondered why I was bothering to go see it in the first place. The storyline was original and there were some interesting ideas used here, but the acting wasn't as good as I hoped and so many characters seem to either be angry or depressed in this movie that you find it hard to connect with anyone, not even the main character to an extent. I thought the speed of finding a donor was a bit far fetched too. What I thought was strange is that this movie was billed as a comedy but I probably only laughed once, at the stupidity of the moment where Gary attempts to defend himself with a wok. I think this movie tries to depend on comedic sympathy and ridicule over anything else. I expected something great from this movie but it just didn't deliver. Throughout most of the movie I felt uncomfortable and I didn't start to like it until about 20 minutes before the end. I really want Australian cinema to be prosperous but there sadly isn't enough drawing power here to help that along, apart from the fact that I practically saw no promotion before its box office release and monstrosities like Date Movie got loads more at the time. If I had a choice between Date Movie and this one though, I would choose the latter.

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