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Ruben Guthrie (2015)

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

Director:

Brendan Cowell

Writers:

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 ... 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 2015 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$227,691
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Quattro Risk Services See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Ray often refers to Ruben using names of high achievers - Kubrick for Stanley Kubrick the film director, Hendrix for Jimi Hendrix the musician, Tyson for Mike Tyson the boxer, Mozart for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the composer and Bradman for Don Bradman the cricketer. See more »

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

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Don't You Want Me
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Entertaining and Thought Provoking Comedy With Bite
24 September 2015 | by david-rector-85092See all my reviews

'Ruben Guthrie' and the titular lead are, as the movie garishly opens, hard to like; but much to this viewer's surprise, by the end of the film, some empathy and affection are afforded them both. I have enjoyed Brendan Cowell's screen work on both big and small, and thought it an inspired piece of casting to have what seems like his doppelganger, Patrick Brammall in the central role. I guess it was more than enough to adapt your own stage play and direct the picture! He has cast an actor with either a brilliant ability to channel the writer/director's life force, or just maybe they are two peas in a pod, Brammall is really finding his position as one of the country's most versatile and likable actors; even here as the at times despicable title character.

The transposing from stage to screen feels fine to me; other than some at times overly heightened dialogue and performance; but I forgave those moments as being part and parcel of the over the top world of advertising and the spin off of partying and excess from the job. Has it been satirized here or made a cliché? Either way, it worked for me. I wondered how Cowell would trace the (anti) hero's journey and conclusion and along the way there are enough surprising moments to keep the viewer connected and rooting for the protagonist. Brammall chews the scenery and is equally adept in the screwball moments as the soberingly tender ones.

Robyn Nevin was fine, as ever, and especially her one to one with 'Ruben' at the bar was a truly uncomfortable scene,and reiteration of why Ms Nevin is one of the most respected and enduring actors in Australia. Harriet Dyer as the hippy chick with her own baggage, was the revelation for me; I was both intrigued and moved by her performance. It was; aside from Ruben, the most fully fleshed of the supporting players. I had a few issues with the writing and oddly pitched performance of the usually reliable Alex Dimitriades; as the gay bestie,but once on the 'Ruben Guthrie' conveyor belt, I was along for the ride; even with its occasional jarring ingredients.

This movie does have a lot to say about substance abuse and makes no easy answers or saccharine summaries to leave the viewer with. There is much texture here, and for me that is attributable to the writing and directing that Brendan Cowell delivers. It's not perfect; nor is the main character - but Patrick Brammall makes him human and flawed - just the way I like my leading characters on screen.


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