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A Legacy of Whining (2016)

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The past ain't all it's cracked up to be when two former high school friends reunite thirty years later in a painfully comedic and bittersweet rollercoaster of an evening.

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Ross Munro

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross Munro ... Mitch
Robert David Duncan ... Dunc
Angie Descalzi Angie Descalzi ... Esmeralda
Keilani Elizabeth Rose ... Grizelda
Dayana Hernandez Dayana Hernandez ... Chimmy
Abby de Forest ... Chauffeur
Teresa Laverty ... Woman on scooter
Sacha M. Romalo ... Homeless Man
Emily Haine ... Starlet 1
Polina Nikolai ... Starlet 2
Hana Kinani ... Starlet 3 (as Hana Al-Kinani)
Lili Yuen Lili Yuen ... Starlet 4
Alexandra Mihill Alexandra Mihill ... Waitress
Oliver Drawson Oliver Drawson ... Priest
Queenia Lo Queenia Lo ... Seated woman watching Mitch
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A Legacy of Whining not only throws gasoline on the familiar cinematic trope of male mid-life crisis but watches gleefully as it sits back and throws a lighted match onto the proceedings. Inspired by its love of early 1970's American buddy films, this shaggy dog comedy (played out in one desperation-soaked dreamlike evening) tells the tale of two former high school friends, Mitch and Dunc, who reunite thirty years later in an attempt to resurrect the faded corpse of their "glory years" only to find, perhaps, that the past ain't all it's cracked up to be... "A Legacy of Whining" is really funny!"- The Movie Waffler.com Written by Ross Munro

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Did you know that writer/director Ross Munro composed, performed and recorded "Young, British and Snotty" (as The Snotty Punks) specially for the title. See more »

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Mitch: [Yes, sir, they said it couldn't happen but the dynamic duo is back together once again!]
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Llamado Al Comandante
Music by Sebastian Ferreira
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Juvenility with a Hint of Lost Potential
6 February 2017 | by PureLombardiSee all my reviews

Time changes many people. This particularly applies to the older people of society. As the world evolves, elders naturally "get with the times". In A Legacy of Whining, though, middle-aged protagonist Mitch (Ross Munro) deliberately goes against this in a most evidently cringe-worthy way. He uses archaic words, makes references to age- old philosophies and, terribly, sports a jacket that went out of style decades ago. Mitch is the embodiment of the film's main themes: clinginess, datedness and identity crisis.

Initially, it seems like A Legacy of Whining's humour would be better executed in an adult animation. The first 10 minutes follow Mitch waiting for a high school friend he has not seen for decades. Whilst waiting, he encounters an assortment of colourful characters that ultimately are tools for some jokes of poor tastes. We see this when a tramp is seemingly ordering dog meat for dinner and a wheelchair-stricken woman asking Mitch for a graphic kind of intercourse. On top of that, a procession of porn stars appear! Again, all in 10 minutes. Sadly, this will push away a lot of viewers, especially ones looking for a more mature comedy. Although, if they stick around, they will find an entertaining and sometimes witty buddy film.

The film's best quality is the script, written by main star and director Munro. Mitch makes frequent references to films and they are quite amusing to well-watched viewers. His strident of verbose vocabulary makes for some interesting conversations too. These conversations are mostly between him and his old-school friend Dunc (Robert David Duncan). Duncan plays the character with a cynical undertone but is ultimately outshined by his co-star. Dunc is mostly there to undermine Mitch's personality. Sometimes, though, there are nuances of his mutual discontent for the youth of today --- his misplaced expectations for his later stage of life. Mitch shares this, too. The viewer can see that in his ramblings of things like teenage vampire films or the lack of cinnamon coffee nowadays.

I did not laugh out loud once at this film, and like the first 10 minutes, the last 20 minutes would better belong in a cartoon. This is because of the eloquent and drawn- out execution of the jokes. Maybe if it were done in a more grounded way, it would be funnier. Overall, though, this film works better as part of the buddy and midlife crisis subgenres. One Birdman-esque scene near the end impresses, with Mitch saying he does not know who he really is. Maybe he wanted to meet his friend to reclaim a bit of his early life. Therefore, while it is not a funny comedy, it is a gem of a commentary pertaining to how people from a bygone era deal with the new world. Even if these two guys deal with it through disparaging Twilight and hiring Marxist prostitutes.


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5 April 2016 (Canada) See more »

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