Desperately tryng to channel "The Big Chill" Rachel Ward lets most of the dramatic opportunities pass her by, instead falling back on tourism images. Yes Palm Beach is fabulously picturesque, I know, I live closeby. But the location became the hero when it should have just been a backdrop necessary to establish that the lead character (Bryan Brown) was absurdly wealthy. After the first few minutes I was groaning at the cliches and wooden direction and wondering if I might just walk out. But it gained some traction by mid film and started to show some glimpses of promise.......but when an opportunity opened up for some depth, the story veered away, leaving us wanting more in vain. Just about all of the seasoned actors looked uncomfortable, even Bryan Brown who co produced it. The only small spark was his daughter, Matilda Brown, who looks uncannily like her mother (Rachel Ward) and has real screen presence, but she needs a better vehicle than Mum &Dads little indulgence of a film.
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