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Duck Season
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by Dr Nick

"Children getting stoned with an older man - not as dodgy as it sounds"
3 stars

A Mexican film about growing up, falling in love, hating your job and getting stoned, Duck Season is not entirely successful. It does however provide us with enough entertaining bits to keep it interesting for 90 minutes.

Flama and Moko are two 13-year old boys, left alone in Flana?s home for a Sunday. They play video games, drink loads of Coke, order pizza and refuse to pay when the delivery man is eleven seconds late. Flana?s 16-year old neighbour Rita comes in to use their oven to bake her own birthday cake, something her family has completely forgotten about. The delivery man, Ulises, refuses to leave until they pay him. Eventually, they all just start getting along and spend the main part of the film discussing divorce, adoption, kissing and hating your job.

Duck Season is an enjoyable film, but it takes a long time to get started. The first half of the film is not very interesting and really drags in places. Luckily, the pace gets picked up in the second half and the film becomes more interesting.

It?s when Rita brings in her chocolate brownies that things really start to kick off. She has laced them with her mother?s stash marijuana and soon they are all very stoned. There is something sinister about a 30-year old pizza delivery man getting high with two 13-year old boys and a 16-year old girl, but I?m willing to overlook this, as this part of the film is genuinely funny. In traditional stoned fashion they talk a lot of rubbish and do silly things.

There are some serious undertones in the film. Flama?s parents are in the middle of a divorce and are constantly arguing about who gets to keep what in the flat. Annoyed at this petty bickering, he decides to solve the problem. Armed with an air rifle, he and Moko does some target practice on some of the more fragile objects. Pizza delivery man reveals his ambitions in life and how he?s hopelessly unhappy in his current job. Moko and Rita share a kiss, only for her to accuse him of thinking about somebody else. It?s all quite sweet and funny, but without any real substance. The film is nicely shot in black and white and most of the performances are pretty good. The main problem is that it doesn?t really get anywhere. In the end it?s just about some people becoming friends and doing what friends do. And for a simple premise like that too work, you need way more interesting people than this.

Not a bad way to kill an afternoon, but not a great one either. Patchy and quite slow, this does however have some really funny bits. As the saying goes, it?s better than a rusty fork in the eye.

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originally posted: 08/23/04 20:09:21
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User Comments

10/15/06 William Goss Almost too slow, but an amusing afternoon nonetheless. Do stay through end credits. 4 stars
4/23/06 Mase For a paticular breed of audience, Very slow, like a piece of art you just don't get. 3 stars
3/28/06 Joe Schiappa Sweet 5 stars
3/16/06 Blutarsky You got it wrong there, buddy. See it again. It's terrific. 5 stars
1/25/06 Uma... Fantastic, so detailed, so simple, so little, so warming, great! 5 stars
12/03/05 Carlos Awesome film so unique and great theme 5 stars
6/23/05 Nats A light and entertaining story; they do grow in subtle ways and you'll laugh with them. 4 stars
5/25/05 john d hodgkinson beautifully understated film that neatly encapsulates teenage friendships 5 stars
9/19/04 Lola Bolaños Wonderful movie! The story is simple, but the narrative is fresh and smart. Great stuff! 5 stars
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