A coming of age comedy in 1970's Australia: A 200 ton blue whale washes up on a local beach and the kids think its the biggest thing that's ever happened in their lives. Behind closed doors, the mums and dads of this quiet suburban cul-de-sac celebrate in their own special way, by joining the sexual revolution. It's a time of boxed wine, bad hair styles, bad choices, but good times. And like the rotting whale. it's all about to go spectacularly wrong.
Unfunny waste of talent
- Swinging Safari review by ER
Swinging Safari is an unfunny madcap comedy with some great actors in. Stephan Elliott (A FEW BEST MEN / QUEEN PRISCILLA / FRAUDS) is a wildly inconsistent director who has made a string of nutty, commercial movies for nearly 30 years and this is pretty much the worst yet. Guy Pearce heads an ensemble of wooden child actors who have to carry much of the weight. With better performances, a less frantic pace and a funnier script this could have been pretty good but it has nothing to recommend it. Everybody in the adult cast is capable of way better things.
Set in the 1970s three families who live on the same street have an orgy (the adults) whilst the kids attempt to make a homemade sequel to Jaws when a dead whale washes up at the local beach. I got about 30 minutes in and gave up. I love Australian cinema but sometimes you will find a film that's a 'bit much'. It's bold, loud, shouty and unfunny - I won't say the obvious.
There are heaps of great Australian films that remain unreleased in the UK, how the *(&$ did Swinging Safari make it out?!?
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Scattergun attempt at comedy, that rarely hits the target
- Swinging Safari review by Sandy
Can't fault the actors in this. They know this is a comedy and do a decent job at trying to provide larger than life comic characters. The film is part memoir, part coming of age drama and comedy. It does have its funny moments - particularly the deathcheaters skits, but there are more misses in this than hits. The coming of age part seems tacked on, and slows the action down as we have to have some explanation - which probably isn't all that necessary It's difficult as I'm sure this is someone's first movie, and folk have got to learn somehow. There are moments of slapstick and comedy that will make you laugh, but there's funnier movies out there. If you want coming of age comedy, then Cemetary Junction is much better, as it Strictly Ballroom and Muriel's Wedding. That said, there is some talent behind this movie, and I hope they learn from their mistakes and do better - so we can see more of their work in the future.