The Sum Of Us details
|Starring:||Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe, Deborah Kennedy, John Polson|
|Directors:||Geoff Burton, Kevin Dowling|
|Studio:||STAX ENTERTAINMENT LTD|
The Sum Of Us
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Well Worth SeeingBy a customer from Salisbury, England , 13 Jul 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a pretty unusual film as gay movies go in that it doesn't present any coming out issues, nor does it have anything very profound to say about being gay. Looking for love is pretty universal whether you are gay or straight, young or old, and that message is loud and clear throughout the film. It's a bit dated now - rolled up sleeves and shoulder pads abound and Russell Crowe wouldn't be seen dead wearing those SHORT shorts once the 80s died. It's also relentlessly Aussie - subtlety is not its middle name. The humour is laid on with a trowel and consequently not all that funny. It's light-hearted rather than being outright funny.
I was particularly moved by the depiction of an elderly female gay couple - grandma and 'aunty' Mary, a nice, sensitive touch in an otherwise quite in-your-face aussie drama.
Russell Crowe is almost too good in this film - too good-looking, too fit, too sexy. It's very hard to believe the central premise that he's 24 and lonely and unable to find a lover because he's too homely.
There is some sweet gay action - some kisses and major flirting - but nothing to put the breeders off watching.
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To Sum It Up......FantasticBy OptixAz (181 reviews) from Oxford , 21 Apr 2010Love this film to bits!!!! Its such a nice film with a great story and amazing cast. Made on a low budget but does not effect the plot and the feeling of the film. Russel Crowe is fantastic and I totally saw a different side to him after watching this. The chemistry between Crowe and his father in this movie is funny yet heart warming and I would imagine most gay guys would love a relationship like this with their father too.
Surprisingly goodBy a customer from Isle of Skye, Scotland , 11 Jan 2010Fair play to Russell Crowe (a man I never had much regard for) for having taken on a gay role. I expected yet another family-struggles-to-accept-gay-son plot but with a vegemite twist - and it really didn't turn out to be that.
The most intelligent and heart-warming aspect is a positive perspective on gay granny's sub-plot - yes, in old-time sepia rufty-tufty Aussieland.
Gay down underBy Boulbon (73 reviews) from Chiswick , 05 Oct 2009The Sum of Us is an original and quirky gay film set in Sydney. The leading men are Jack Thompson (literally an Australian Living Legend - awarded 2005) and Russell Crowe as his young and rather tubby gay son. The unlikely frankness and openness of their relationship is central to the film. It isn't always convincing but makes for interesting dialogue. One of the quirks of the film is that the actors address the camera directly from time to time. This is fine for the most part but a little strange when the character in the film is a stroke victim without the ability to speak at all. In spite of the fact that the film has a very dated feel to it and that much of the ocker humour is heavy handed and doesn't travel well, Jack Thompson's charm as the Sydney ferry captain who accepts his son's gayness and supports him in his search for Mr Right carries the film. Russell Crowe does gay convincingly.
AverageBy Randomfilmbuff (327 reviews) from London , 25 Jun 2009One dimensional characters not great story line. much better in the genre available
The sum of usBy bigtig (1 review) from Leeds , 07 Jun 2009Loved this film, very sad in the middle.