When Chinese-Australian teenager Lawrence fails his high-school exams because of cheating, destroying his dreams of a medical degree, he's banished to the country for the summer. There, he meets a conman the Professor and his cynical daughter Sarah, and learns that even the sneakiest scam can't conjure up love.
The film is the adaptation of comedian/actor Lawrence Leung's critically acclaimed award-winning one-man theatre show SUCKER. The original live show was a critical and sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Sydney Opera House. He co-wrote the screenplay with director Ben Chessell, who saw an early performance of the show and approached Lawrence about turning it into a movie. See more »
Jacek Koman, who plays 'Riley', is listed in the first part of the final credits as one of the major performers, but is not named in the Cast List (which is presented in order of appearance). See more »
There are three list of individual and organisations thanked in the end credits. Each list has a separate heading:
Thank You to The Shills;
Thank You to those who Up The Ante;
To the people who are holding all our cards, thank you for your love and support. See more »
First and for clarification I am not from Australia and therefore I am disinclined to give this film a wonderful glowing review comparing it to Star Wars, Return of the Force. But special thanks to the cast and crew for trying this anyway.
Now that we have that misconception dealt with, I will say that this film reminds me of the discussion on Media Ecology that the late Professor McLuhan used to give. The idea is to do the best you can with every opportunity to present media (entertainment) because society as a whole has to consume what is produced and you do not want to feed junk into the collective psyche.
This film is ecological, that is, it never pretends to be more than it is is. It is an indie low-budget little drama that essentially stars a trio of 3 actors and tries to sustain full screen length. It succeeds but only barely. There are too many boring stretches and too many spots where you think to yourself, I wish the screenwriter had done THAT instead of THAT, it would have been a much better movie.
For the first few minutes, you actually think you have found an Aussie Ferris Bueller. And then you realize, no way.
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