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Ruben Guthrie is the story of one man not only battling the bottle, but the city that won't let him put it down.

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Brendan Cowell

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Brendan Cowell (play), Brendan Cowell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Brammall ... Ruben Guthrie
Alex Dimitriades ... Damian
Abbey Lee ... Zoya Houbec
Harriet Dyer ... Virginia
Yvonne Cowell Yvonne Cowell ... Vonny
Jeremy Sims Jeremy Sims ... Ray
Aaron Bertram Aaron Bertram ... Ken
Michael Lahoud Michael Lahoud ... Jeremy
Brenton Thwaites ... Chet
Robyn Nevin ... Susan Guthrie
Jack Thompson ... Peter Guthrie
Kasia Stelmach ... Peacock Girl
Catherine Kennar Catherine Kennar ... Biker Woman
Blazey Best Blazey Best ... Janelle
Elly Oh Elly Oh ... Sun Ye
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Storyline

Life is good for ad man Ruben Guthrie - he leads a party boy lifestyle, has a model fiancée and lives in a house on the water. He's at the top of his game, until some drunken skylarking lands Ruben at the bottom of his infinity pool, lucky to be alive. His mum hits the panic button, and then his fiancée leaves him, but not before issuing him one final challenge: If Ruben can do one year without a drink, she'll give him another chance... RUBEN GUTHRIE is the story of one man not only battling the bottle, but the city that won't let him put it down. Written by Madman Entertainment

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A thirsty comedy about a man on the rocks .

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 2015 (Australia) See more »

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Quattro Risk Services See more »
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When Ruben goes to visit his dad Peter, Peter is informed by the server Harry. Harry is played by Jack Thompson's real life son Billy. See more »

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References He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) See more »

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Halfway to Heaven
Written and performed by Sarah Blasko
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Alcoholics Annoying-us
22 May 2016 | by ozjosh03See all my reviews

Like so many Australian films, Ruben Guthrie is thin, shallow and populated by caricatures who never really threaten to turn into fully formed characters. For a few moments here and there I thought - more hoped - that it might prove to be a serious and scathing look at Australian drinking culture. And there's one scene where there is a momentary suggestion that it might have something provocative to say about the dubious cult that is Alcoholics Anonymous (and its even more dubious success rate). But no. Ruben Guthrie not only has nothing new to say, its notions of how alcohol is viewed in Australia seem a good twenty or thirty years out of date. To give but one example: everyone in Ruben's life - his boss, his father, his best mate, his mother - refuses to take his decision to quit alcohol seriously, refuses to really accept that alcoholism could be his problem; indeed, they all actively insist he snap out of it and have another drink. Yes - just like it isn't the 21st century, educated middle-class people aren't acutely aware of the dangers of alcohol, and parents, employers or best friends never respect someone's decision not to drink. This is also a film crammed with the kind of faux-dramatic gestures beloved by writers who can't actually generate genuine drama through actual conflict. At various points Ruben smashes a bottle against his mirrored home bar, throws his mobile phone into the harbour and rips his laptop into pieces... as people almost never do in real life. All this and - just for good measure - an annoying and offensive gay stereotype mincingly played by Alex Dimitriades. The direction is distractingly show- offy at times, befitting a film that is all surface and no substance. Yet again one is left wondering what the film funding bodies saw in the script that convinced them it was worth spending the nation's money on.


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