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A Man's Gotta Do (Unrated)

Release Date: May 6th (NYC-Quad Cinema)
The Cast: John Howard, Rebecca Frith, Alyssa McClelland

BASIC PREMISE: A father who leads a double life as a fisherman and hit man must keep his dysfunctional family from falling apart.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The mix of comedy and drama in this Australian film works very well. The script is very sharp and witty. The characters are all colorful and quirky. The beautiful setting is also a colorful character of its own. The acting is superb, especially Rebecca Firth as a rebellious daughter. She is a very talented young actress with great potential. There is a lot of good-natured humor that works well, although at times it feels too contrived. The music is also great and uplifting. The only problem is that the father's Australian accent is often too thick to be understandable.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: The father/daughter relationship is very poignant and touching. The ways that the father tries to communicate with his daughter and get to know her is very interesting. It raises issues about invasion of privacy. This is the kind of film where everyone has issues to deal with which makes them more real and, therefore, human. Despite all their hardships, this quirky family will end up putting a smile on your face by the end of the film.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: There is one scene where the daughter "accidentally" shoots somebody, which feels as if it is out of range from what is expected from her character and it is eventually forgotten about.


THE BOTTOM LINE: A very funny, smart Australian film with witty dialogue, colorful characters, great acting, and a beautiful setting.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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