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Pete & Jerry are cousins living in Sydney's Western Suburbs, where life consists of drinking, getting stoned, getting in fights and hanging out. But things change forever when Pete and Jerry both fall in love with the same girl.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Khan Chittenden ... Pete
Nathan Phillips ... Jerry
Gillian Alexy ... Cheryl
Michael Dorman ... Mick
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blazey Best Blazey Best ... Bunny
David Field ... Doug
Robin Goldsworthy Robin Goldsworthy ... Guy buying drugs
Barry Harrison Barry Harrison ... Kenwood's Mullet Mate
Anthony Hayes ... Kenwood
Emma Jackson Emma Jackson ... Nurse
Adrian Jarrett Adrian Jarrett ... Angelo
Brendan Krige Brendan Krige ... Kenwood's Nuggety Mate
Daniel Krige ... Todd
Cameron Lansdowne Cameron Lansdowne ... Kenwood's Tattooed Mate
Tim McCunn ... Steve
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Storyline

Living in suburban Sydney, Pete and Jerry aren't just cousins, they're best friends. Jerry falls in love and starts a relationship with Cheryl, though he knows Pete likes her too. Pete, a small-time drug dealer, doesn't understand why Jerry suddenly wants to settle down and make plans (he gets a job at a fast-food place and works for a pittance). Then Pete has to lie low with his dealing for a while because the police are tailing him and Jerry gets him a job at the chicken restaurant. But Pete makes trouble and walks out, losing Jerry his job as well. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Some places can break your heart.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 2007 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

AUD800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,417
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West Films See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Pete: Jerry, do you think there's a light at the end of this fucking tunnel?
Jerry: [laughing, drunk] Nah, there's a chicken shop, with a drive-thru, and fucking dickhead's ordering "hawaiian" packs.
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Summertime
Written by Dylan McCormack, Ben Corbet, Trevor Ludlow and Nick Naughtion
Performed, by Gentle Ben and His Sensitive Side
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West Side Story
6 December 2010 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Reasonably entertaining tale of delinquent cousins verging on manhood whose lives take vastly different directions after they both meet and become enamoured by the same girl. Nathan Phillips survived his "Wolf Creek" experience but is out of his depth here when he attempts to shun the carefree and illicit lifestyle in favour of 'going straight', earning a wage at a fast food joint and dreaming of a better life for him and Cheryl (Alexy). His cousin (Chittendon) doesn't do him any favours by beating a stand-over thug to death, then knocking up Cheryl behind his back.

Good to see the consequences of these actions all come home to roost in a satisfying conclusion - except that is, if you're sympathetic to Phillip's character. Some pleasing location work (which every local viewer enjoys just in case somewhere familiar appears in shot) and generally realistic performances aren't quite matched by the pace which I found sometimes (not always) laborious. Some divergent plot troughs that ultimately failed to materialise (e.g. the nurse on the train scene) didn't appear to make much narrative sense, although you could argue these scenes established Chittendon's somewhat psychotic persona.

It's a rather bleak and unattractive look at Sydney's fringes and while most of the characters are depicted as thugs and deadbeats, they're also all shown to possess some innate quality and most have the opportunity at a character defining moment. Not pretentious like some other recent Australian films of a similar ilk, it's middle of the road fare that probably exceeds its budget and own expectations.


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