Australia, 1975. The beach suburb of Nobbys Beach is a place that revolves around surf mats, baby oil, boxed wine and the new miracle of Kentucky Fried Chicken. 14 year-old Jeff tries to find his feet in a world changing faster than his hormones, and deal with his crush on shy and sensitive girl-next-door Melly. When the beach town suddenly hits the spotlight after the body of a 200-ton whale is washed ashore, Jeff and Melly think it's the biggest thing that ever happened in their lives. Meanwhile, their eccentric parents are catching up with the sexual revolution that has also washed up on Australia's beaches. And just like the decaying whale, it's all about to go spectacularly wrong.
Here's my one word review - AVOID. Now here are a few more words - this movie looked like it was a going to be a lot of fun but it just wasn't, it was terrible. The cast is great and it looks like they were at least having fun, but pity that can't be said for anyone who watches this. When you see a movie on its opening day and it's being screened on the smallest and worst screen in the 16 screen cinema complex near you, that should be your first clue that it ain't gonna be great...
There isn't really a story and what there is, it's just not interesting - the half-baked key-swapping of the parents, the kid with the camera, the miserable girl, the beached whale - it was all meant to add up to something more than what was delivered. It's really a shame because there was a lot of potential for this to be a really good look back at a time that a lot of us can (sort of) remember either as kids or as parents. If it was trying to be satire, it didn't work. Straight up funny? Nope that didn't work either.
Too many animals being mistreated in this movie as well - not funny back in the 70s, not funny now.
Maybe this should have been marketed as a mystery because I was honestly trying to figure out how so many good actors got roped into this. The costumes, hair and set design are on point though, so I'm giving 3 stars for that.
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