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Sucker (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1 December 2015 (Australia)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Ben Chessell

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Lawrence Leung (original screenplay written by), Ben Chessell (original screenplay written by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence Leung ... The Real Lawrence Leung
Timothy Spall ... The Professor
John Luc John Luc ... Lawrence
Thomas Vu Thomas Vu ... The Real Jeremy Fong
Ferdinand Hoang ... Leo - Lawrence's Dad
Linda Schragger Linda Schragger ... Mai-Ling - Lawrence's Mum
Adam Murphy Adam Murphy ... Principal
Yang Li Yang Li ... Uncle Sam
Ai Xin Dart Ai Xin Dart ... Soo Jin
Maureen Sherlock Maureen Sherlock ... Newsagent
Lily Sullivan ... Sarah
Chris Broadstock Chris Broadstock ... Andy - The Man at Payphone
Syd Brisbane Syd Brisbane ... Mick - Dodgy Barman #1
Louise Siversen Louise Siversen ... Dodgy Bar Woman
Eddie Baroo ... Stu - Dodgy Barman #2
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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.

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Comedy

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Not Rated
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Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2015 (Australia) See more »

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First feature film of YouTube star, Mychonny See more »

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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 »

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The first of the final credits show the names of the main performers, and then there is a scene of Lawrence Leung talking about liars and lying, after which he is joined by John Luc who portrayed him in the film. They have a conversation as they walk through the movie's set and out into the street. This is followed by the credits beginning with the cast list in order of appearance See more »

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Great Example of Media Ecology
14 January 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

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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