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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.


Brendan Cowell


Brendan Cowell (play), Brendan Cowell (screenplay)
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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 ... Janelle
Elly Oh Elly Oh ... Sun Ye


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A thirsty comedy about a man on the rocks .


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Written by Vincent Giarrusso (as Giarrusso) and Glenn Bennie (as Bennie)
Performed by Underground Lovers
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I'm not exactly sure what all this means, though the acting was nice.
11 September 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Ruben Guthrie" is a strange film about alcoholism...strange because I really have no idea what it's trying to say. Still, despite this and a very strange ending, the acting is quite nice.

The film begins with Ruben behaving like a drunk frat-boy--which is sad since he's supposed to be an adult. After his latest crazy binge, his live-in girlfriend has had enough and she leaves--vowing only to return IF he manages to stay sober for the next year. Ruben's commitment to sobriety at first is extremely shallow and he doesn't think he has a problem. But, over time and after the alcohol leaves his system, he slowly comes to see that he IS an alcoholic and becomes actively involved with Alcoholics Anonymous.

Patrick Brammall is very good as Ruben and much of the script seemed very well done and seemed to have a lot of insights into not just alcoholism but how the families and friends of addicts often do a lot to try to keep the person actively drinking and screwing up their lives. But the film also seems to have lost a sense of direction and the ending is anti-climactic to say the very least.

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Release Date:

16 July 2015 (Australia) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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