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Introducing the Dwights (2007)

Clubland (original title)
R | | Comedy, Drama | 20 July 2007 (USA)
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The shy son of an aging comedienne tries to find a balance between his demanding home life, his new girlfriend, and his mother's second chance at fame.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jean 'Jeannie' Dwight
... Lana
... Tim Maitland
... Mark
... Shane
... Jill
... Kelly
... Ronnie Stubbs
Frankie J. Holden ... John Maitland
Tracie Sammut ... Tori
Justin Martin ... Brett
David Webb ... Colin
Susan Kennedy ... Sharon
... The Nest Manager #1
... The Nest Manager #2
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Tim, in his early 20s, is quiet, dependable, and held close by his mother, Jean, who works long hours at a Sydney canteen and then does stand-up at night, talking constantly about what might have been (if she'd stayed in England, if she'd had no children, if her younger son Mark weren't mildly disabled). She gets enough club work to keep hope alive. They've bought a moving van, and Tim meets Jill, falling for her but finding the challenges of sex, his mother's prying, and his brother's needs more than he can handle. The family - as well as Tim and Jill's relationship - is on the edge of crisis, accident, or, in Jane's case, self-destruction. Are family dynamics set in stone? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In this house, letting go is never easy. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Opening Weekend:

AUD 89,585 (Australia), 24 June 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,734, 8 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$378,921, 19 August 2007
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Brenda Blethyn, along with Jo Brand, wrote much of the material for the stand up sets in the film. See more »

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Jean 'Jeannie' Dwight: I don't want you coming to the funeral, Tim. And I certainly don't want a stranger in a miniskirt there, flasher her ass in the chapel.
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Features The Tommy Cooper Hour (1978) See more »

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Cold In The Ground
Written by Martin Armiger
Performed by Mark Williams
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Almost, but not quite
11 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a very annoying film. It could have been excellent but instead it is just adequate. There's a lot to like about it, the major plus being Brenda Blethyn's performance. Always a joy to watch as the woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown, she steals the show once again with her quivering bottom lip and comic timing, but we have seen a very similar performance from her in Secrets & Lies, albeit with less variation. Be careful Brenda! You're at risk of getting typecast. The biggest problems with the film relate to the script (underdeveloped, meandering, loose ends) and the two young leads whose performances are uneven, and that's being especially kind to Khan Chittenden who is no leading man. The other problem is this is formulaic in the Sundance way - family drama, quirky characters, conflict, joy, sadness and humor - not traits that are in themselves bad at all, but in this cinematic combination they come together and make it seem contrived, overly constructed and quite predictable. Is it still a decent film? Yes, if you can get past the first half hour which is very unpromising, but it's a wasted opportunity too.


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