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Sweet and faithful adaptation of David Stevens' stage play about a father and his gay son. Widowed Harry Mitchell (Thompson) shares his house with son Jeff (Crowe), who's never made a secret of his sexual orientation. Affable Harry only wants what's best for his boy, including his over-enthusiastic welcome to Jeff's potential new boyfriend (Polson). Too bad Harry's not so lucky in love--his new woman friend Joyce (Kennedy) has problems with Jeff's sexuality. Well, she just has to adjust. Pervasive feel-good message may leave less well-adjusted viewer addled. Sensitive performances, though the film's antecedents as a play are highlighted by having the main characters talk directly to the camera. Aussie slang provides a challenge.

Hallmark Home Entertainment, 6100 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1400, Los Angeles, CA 90048, Phone: (213)634-3000, Fax: (213)549-3760, Remarks: Lainie Handelman, Mktg.

Available on Running time 99 minutes. Originally from Australian.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Physical Problems, New Year's Eve, Gays, Adapted from a Play, Sydney, Dads, Christmas
Screenplay
David Stevens
Cast
Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe, John Polson, Deborah Kennedy, Mitch Mathews, Julie Herbert, Joss Moroney, Rebekah Elmaloglou
Cinematography
Geoff Burton
Director
Kevin Dowling, Geoff Burton
Music
Dave Faulkner
Producer
Hal McElroy, Errol Sullivan, Southern Star Productions, Australian Film Finance Corp., Samuel Goldwyn Company

Awards

Australian Film Inst. 1994: Adapt. Screenplay; Montreal World Film Fest. 1994: Screenplay.

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