Down Under (2016)
Critic Reviews for Down Under
There's plenty of zesty slapstick, along with a relentless torrent of four-letter words in all cases and conjugations.
The film falls short because it falls between two stools: as a reminder of a shameful period in our recent history it's too interested in finding cheap laughs, and as a comedy it's just too painful and ugly.
Down Under's humour can be a little one note (xenophobic idiot and/or agitated party does something stupid, repeat) but there are a number of laugh-out-loud moments and the cast and crew do a uniformly strong job executing a difficult premise.
Hard to watch at times, that's the point of a comedy trying to expose a thorny topic still dividing Australia, an approach we could use a lot more of.
With a gut-punch ending that is sure to leave an impression, and a flurry of belly-laugh moments along the way, this movie is a must-see.
Audience Reviews for Down Under
Racial hatred and bigotry down in Australia's most sophisticated center casts shade over the whole country, one would think, but the writer/director here endeavors to put the whole thing under some lighthearted shenanigans of misdirected youth blanket, apologizing for the misogyny. Further, the real bad guy of the film is boorishly gay. I felt as if I were talking to a cracker apologizing for slavery while summing up the legitimacy of the Confederate flag as a symbol of freedom. An opportunity thrown away, and a waste of time.
At times this works really great as a satire and a topical subject that most people step around. The quick shift in tone in the final third became a little too much and didn't suit the characters. The bloodbath finale came right out of left field and leaves this in a very dark place, the film didn't know its identity. A very funny film and painting ethnic groups true whether it's right or wrong is very funny. Not for the easily offended and worth checking out for a daring subject matter.
Down Under Quotes
There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.