More in-depth film festival coverage than any other website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Advertisement

Overall Rating
3.56

Awesome: 22.22%
Worth A Look: 11.11%
Average66.67%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 0%

1 review, 3 user ratings


Latest Reviews

Buddy System, The by Jack Sommersby

Amiko by Jay Seaver

Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot, The by Jay Seaver

Laplace's Witch by Jay Seaver

Eighth Grade by Peter Sobczynski

Unfriended: Dark Web by Peter Sobczynski

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! by Peter Sobczynski

Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana by Jay Seaver

Buy Bust by Jay Seaver

Isle of Dogs by Rob Gonsalves

subscribe to this feed


Tackle Happy
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by Filmnet

"Masturbatory Hijinks."
3 stars

This amateurish documentary only works because its subject matter is utterly outrageous: A group of guys take their Puppetry of the Penis show on a tour of Australia. Yes, wearing only glittery capes, they use their genitalia to create very silly performance art installations.

It's fairly impossible to describe in print, but on screen (and, presumably, even more so in person) it's rather hilarious. as Morley and Friend take their show on the road it all looks pretty hopeless--playing to small houses, getting banned by local authorities and wondering if their battered VW van will even make it to the next city. Then a national radio presenter takes up their cause, interviewing Morley in each town and trumpeting the offbeat nature of the show. Soon they're a roaring success ... and a world tour beckons.

Much of the comic value lies in the sheer audacity of what these guys are doing--nudity is such a taboo in Western society that their pure non-sexual childishness comes across as unthreatening, innocent and shockingly funny (tellingly, an audience in a nudist colony isn't shocked at all, and doesn't find it very funny either). The overreactions of the authorities, therefore, come as a surprise. And the guys seem genuinely amused that anyone at all wants to watch them.

Sadly, this documentary is an inside job, so it only brushes against the issues involved, never gets any telling audience reactions (they're merely hilarious) and pretty much ignores the obviously huge tensions between Morley and Friend. It's also very badly produced on home video. But the subject matter is so jaw-dropping that it holds our interest--and there are some nice touches along the way to keep us chuckling.--Rich Cline

link directly to this review at http://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=5278&reviewer=169
originally posted: 04/20/01 13:29:01
[printer] printer-friendly format  

User Comments

3/20/02 b IT WAS OKAY...YOU CAN GET "TACKLE HAPPY" FROM WWW.ATLANTICDVD.COM.AU 4 stars
6/08/01 des chowdry Excellent 5 stars
5/18/01 Sharon Excellent live performance-where can I get a copy of "Tackle Happy"? 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:


Discuss this movie in our forum

USA
  13-Feb-2001

UK
  N/A

Australia
  13-Feb-2001


Directed by
  Mick Molloy

Written by
  (documentary)

Cast
  Simon Morley
  David Friend
  Darren Chow
  Richard Molloy
  Stephen Curry
  Mick Molloy



Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
eFilmCritic.com: Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast