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Swinging Safari (2018)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 21 June 2019 (USA)
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A teenager comes of age in a small Australian town during the 1970s when a 200-ton blue whale gets washed up on a local beach.


Stephan Elliott


Stephan Elliott
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Keith Hall
Kylie Minogue ... Kaye Hall
Jesse Denyer Jesse Denyer ... Gerome Hall
Kotan Jacob ... Andrew Hall (as Jacob Kotan)
Alex Kotan Alex Kotan ... Damian Hall
Chelsea Jamieson Chelsea Jamieson ... Liz Hall
Ava Taylor ... Keira Hall
Radha Mitchell ... Jo Jones
Julian McMahon ... Rick Jones
Darcey Wilson Darcey Wilson ... Melly Jones
Ethan Robinson ... Liam Jones
James Calder ... Cal Jones
Asher Keddie ... Gale Marsh
Jeremy Sims ... Bob Marsh
Atticus Robb ... Jeff Marsh


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.

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A comedy about the moments we never forget, but wish we could. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some underage drinking | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The whale removal scene bares striking similarity to a 1970 real life event that saw a local government in the USA (Oregon state Highway Department) attempt to remove a whale carcass by blowing it up with dynamite, which sent rancid chunks of whale raining down on spectators (also caught on camera). See more »


Many background actors wore clothing which were modern day brands and styles not available in the period the film was set. Several actors showed underwear with the distinctive, modern day 'bonds' branded waistband. This style was not around in the 1970's. See more »


References Deep Throat (1972) See more »


You're Moving Out Today
Written by Carole Bayer Sager, Bette Midler and Bruce Roberts
Performed by Carole Bayer Sager
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A wasted opportunity
6 May 2018 | by cbrleahSee all my reviews

As much as this movie looked like a solid offering filled with laughs and an all star cast it ultimately ends up a complete mess of story lines and underdeveloped characters.

It's filled with needless cutbacks that deliver nothing and scenes that should have been left on the cutting room floor. A lot of scenes I just wondered whether the director was doing favours for mates who wanted a small speaking role to camera.

While non linear story arcs are fantastic this one wasn't executed well and cut back and forth so many times whatever the story line is meant to be is not evident. What was the main plot line? Was it the whale, the swinging session, the young girl who would seem to be the focus of much of the movie but of whom we learn almost nothing, or the childhood movie that is apparently being made throughout the film? None of these otherwise acceptable plot lines went anywhere.

The parents are all hideous people except maybe Jeremy Sims' character but again there's no real purpose or explanation to any of their motivations. Kylie is wasted in her role of a blubbering mess that completely unexplored. The teenage girl is written off as he street 'bike' and the other children engage in bratty behaviour with a side of animal cruelty.

I was genuinely excited to see Julian McMahon in an Australian movie and really thought this would be an absolute treat but it just failed miserably. I gave it 4 stars but even that's probably too generous.

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Release Date:

21 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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