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Awesome: 29.17%
Worth A Look: 4.17%
Average: 4.17%
Pretty Bad: 29.17%
Total Crap33.33%

2 reviews, 12 user ratings

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Walk the Talk
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by Stephen Groenewegen

1 stars

I don’t know what to make of Shirley Barrett’s second feature, Walk the Talk. It’s about a loser named Joey (Coco Salvatore) whose buoyant self-esteem comes from attending motivational self-help seminars, and his local evangelical church. The latter’s where he met Bonita (Sacha Horler), paralysed in a car accident. Joey fell in love with Bonita because he thought her a sad case. Now that she’s gotten her compensation payout, she’s an interest-free source of funds. He takes her money to start a talent agency, solely to woo a washed-up club singer (Nikki Bennett).

This is the bleakest, most depressing film about following your dreams that I’ve ever seen. Writer/director Barrett, working with cinematographer Mandy Walker and production designer Steven Jones-Evans, has created a rich Gold Coast setting that seems conducive to producing desperate, deluded characters. The tackiness also gives the film a welcome hint of satire. It’s something viewers can connect with, since there’s nothing in the characters to relate to.

I had no fun watching Joey pursue his fantasies. By the end of the film, I despised him instead.

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User Comments

7/24/05 Frank Piece of shit. Waste of time, disgrace to call it a movie. 1 stars
4/11/05 David Nichols This is an excellent film. 5 stars
1/14/05 Garlin A film that hates its characters and hates its audience. You'll hate it too. 1 stars
9/23/03 Harvey Jacobs Should have stayed in the can 2 stars
4/06/01 Pierce Lanson Wonderful follow up to Love Serenade-All performances sensational 5 stars
3/16/01 Scott Ryder Weird endin, cool movie 5 stars
3/13/01 Maria Fabiano One of the best Australian films ever made! 5 stars
3/03/01 Hali Fine This is a truely wonderful, funny film. What a cast!!!! 5 stars
2/11/01 Hali Fine What a fantastic, funny, scathing film..go Shirley 5 stars
1/19/01 michael carr finally an intelligent comedy that is really quirky 5 stars
9/08/00 neil bartlett not quite there, not quiry enough 3 stars
9/01/00 Klute There's a real nasty streak through this film, and though it's hit and miss, it does hit. 4 stars
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